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    Sticky: Interesting! This clarifies an issue that was...

    Interesting! This clarifies an issue that was always a mystery to me before: namely, why so many singers feel it unnecessary to attend rehearsals. I can also testify that, in my days as a working...
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    Sticky: I don't know...Parpignol might be a little heavy...

    I don't know...Parpignol might be a little heavy for his voice. How about the mute servant in Il segreto di Susanna? Strikes me as the perfect role for him.
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    Sticky: Thomas Hampson sang a C in 'Largo al factotum' in...

    Thomas Hampson sang a C in 'Largo al factotum' in a television concert I saw about twenty years ago. Bernd Weikl said in an interview once that his usable range was Great C to tenor high C, but I...
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    Sticky: True. There are many operas which I feel would be...

    True. There are many operas which I feel would be laughed off the stage were they presented as straight plays, but whose music raises them to Parnassus. Some of Wagner's works fall into this...
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    Sticky: Perhaps. Some of the most ardent Parsifal fans...

    Perhaps. Some of the most ardent Parsifal fans amongst my friends are women. Kundry is a powerful character, and I think audience empathy with her plight may triumph over any perception of general...
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    Sticky: I don't think I will need a DVD drive, as I...

    I don't think I will need a DVD drive, as I already have a couple of portable DVD players. Thanks again for the info! :)
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    Sticky: Thank you SF and Almaviva for your kind help with...

    Thank you SF and Almaviva for your kind help with this. I think I will have to go this weekend and see if I can get myself set up. Exciting to finally be dragged kicking and screaming into the...
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    Sticky: Well, price was partly a factor, but also just...

    Well, price was partly a factor, but also just plain inertia. But the price tag of the item in the link certainly caught my eye. Thanks for the info!
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    Sticky: I think the second Solti set(with Renee Fleming...

    I think the second Solti set(with Renee Fleming as Fiordiligi)includes 'Ah, lo veggio' as well, but I have never heard it and do not know who the tenor is.
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    Sticky: Well, I can see I will have to break down and get...

    Well, I can see I will have to break down and get a computer. I use the one here at work for posting on this site, but we are not allowed to make purchases through it. I do remember hearing the 1988...
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    Sticky: 1698 David Rendall sings Ferrando on this...

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    David Rendall sings Ferrando on this 'complete' recording of Cosi from the late 1970's, which unfortunately follows the traditional stage cuts of the era in omitting 'Ah, lo veggio'. He...
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    Sticky: I am so glad you liked that Cosi, Tardis. I think...

    I am so glad you liked that Cosi, Tardis. I think David Rendall is the best thing about it. You may be right about the heft of his voice; I know he has sung Verdi's Otello for English National Opera,...
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    Sticky: Could be, could be. Although 'wimpy' is not a...

    Could be, could be. Although 'wimpy' is not a word that would accurately describe either Idomeneo or Mitridate, particularly the latter. Mitridate may have been a paranoid megalomaniac, but he was...
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    Sticky: I don't think there ever have been! However, some...

    I don't think there ever have been! However, some men over the years have given it a game try. George Shirley turns in a magnificent performance of the long version of 'Fuor del mar' in the first...
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    Sticky: The English tenor David Rendall sang this aria...

    The English tenor David Rendall sang this aria exquisitely, with to my mind exactly the right combination of forthright manner and melting beauty of tone, as well as a good coloratura technique. He...
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    Sticky: Indeed. Sandrine Piau's version of 'Ah, se il...

    Indeed. Sandrine Piau's version of 'Ah, se il crudel periglio' puts even Gruberova(on the Harnoncourt set)to shame, and she doesn't even sound like she broke a sweat doing it! There are some...
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    Sticky: I think you are correct about this, Aksel. It is...

    I think you are correct about this, Aksel. It is interesting that, for decades, we tolerated Mozartean tenor arias shorn of divisions because of this lack. I wonder how we would feel about a Queen of...
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    Sticky: Interesting! I cannot hear the clip as my browser...

    Interesting! I cannot hear the clip as my browser here at work blocks it, but I think I will have to invest in this recording.
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    Sticky: Not even Pavarotti and Domingo dared to sing the...

    Not even Pavarotti and Domingo dared to sing the long version of Fuor del mar when they performed Idomeneo at the Met. It has put the fear of God into most tenors who performed the role before about...
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    Sticky: This is a fascinating take on an attitude that is...

    This is a fascinating take on an attitude that is often taken for granted. I have always thought that the 'honey for the voice' or, as I have also heard it put, 'medicine for the voice', referred...
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    Sticky: I recall there was a Sadler's Wells recording...

    I recall there was a Sadler's Wells recording about thirty years ago starring Valerie Masterson, but I never heard it. One review I read said that some passages took on an unfortunate tinge of...
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    Sticky: Agreed; this instance is vile! How about...

    Agreed; this instance is vile! How about Alcindoro's little remarks during Musetta's waltz? Actually, I rather enjoy those, especially if the soprano takes the opportunity to sing slightly louder in...
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    Sticky: Actually, I almost agree with you on this, Aksel....

    Actually, I almost agree with you on this, Aksel. However, you are looking at these pieces from the musico-dramatic viewpoint, and I was merely pointing out that the (to us) oddity of having an aria...
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    Sticky: The 'aria con pertichini' was a standard item in...

    The 'aria con pertichini' was a standard item in eighteenth-century opera buffa. One example is Count Robinson's 'Son lunatico bilioso' in Act II of Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto, in which he is...
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    Sticky: Almaviva is 100% correct about this. When I was a...

    Almaviva is 100% correct about this. When I was a performer, we always waited impatiently for the next volumes of the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe (or -Bach) to be released so that we could discard our bad...
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