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    Sticky: One of the executives in my company claims that...

    One of the executives in my company claims that he is opera lover (He is Italian-American).
    When he was giving a presentation in front of us with a projector, I noticed that he had Andrea Bocelli...
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    Sticky: It's very difficult for me to find classical...

    It's very difficult for me to find classical music/opera in local stores. I have been using online stores to order DVDs and CDs, but it would be nice to be able to browse in an actual brick and...
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    Sticky: So Half-Million Dollar Baby? :)

    So Half-Million Dollar Baby? :)
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    Sticky: A blog post from Opera Idols about the prompter's...

    A blog post from Opera Idols about the prompter's box.
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    Sticky: MONC Finals pictures from the MONC East Blog:...

    MONC Finals pictures from the MONC East Blog:
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    Sticky: Interesting, I wonder if he is trying to go for a...

    Interesting, I wonder if he is trying to go for a more "professional" sound by darkening his voice like that.
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    Sticky: Have fun!

    Have fun!
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    Sticky: I am going to, wisely, defer to Alma on this...

    I am going to, wisely, defer to Alma on this question. He is far more familiar with La Traviata than I am and he's going to be seeing it later this month.
    All I can say, based on my own musical...
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    Sticky: I am convinced that Placido is a freak of nature....

    I am convinced that Placido is a freak of nature. He was unbelievable. For a man his age to retain that type of vocal power and penetration...
    Some of the orchestra players, when they weren't...
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    Sticky: It might be sacrilege to say this on this forum,...

    It might be sacrilege to say this on this forum, but I think this run is going to be better than the Villazon-Netrebko run. This production was the best I have seen and heard this entire season.
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    Sticky: Saw the La Traviata final dress this morning. If...

    Saw the La Traviata final dress this morning. If you are in New York, run to this performance. Don't hesitate. It was stunning.
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    Sticky: MONC Finals just finished. Will write up a report...

    MONC Finals just finished. Will write up a report later tonight.

    Winners were Thomas Richards, Rebecca Pedersen, Sydney Mancasola, Musa Ngqungwana, Brandon Cedel, and Michael Brandenburg.
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    Sticky: Why aren't the Met Opera National Council...

    Why aren't the Met Opera National Council Auditions televised or broadcast?
    This is a head scratcher to me.
    If PBS is capable of broadcasting the Richard Tucker Opera Gala, why can't something be...
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    Sticky: I think I hear what you are saying. Mattei's...

    I think I hear what you are saying. Mattei's voice is so even. Absolutely no strain. And very good diction.
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    Sticky: This is going to sound supremely ignorant, but...

    This is going to sound supremely ignorant, but what should one listen for with baritone voices? I have a lot of trouble distinguishing baritones voices. I can usually recognize individual tenors and...
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    Sticky: Mozart's music honestly just fascinates me. I am...

    Mozart's music honestly just fascinates me. I am going to make a broad, sweeping statement here.
    But I feel like I can listen to Dove Sono by 20 different sopranos, and I can get a general idea of...
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    Sticky: Do you think singers can work on getting better...

    Do you think singers can work on getting better at their high notes or are you just born with it?
    When I listen to Trebs, her high notes just seem so natural.
    Anna just sounds so...Russian.
    Are...
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    Sticky: Do you know if there is anything on YT that can...

    Do you know if there is anything on YT that can be given as an example?
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    Sticky: I am curious about the aspirates. How can you...

    I am curious about the aspirates. How can you tell if a singer is making aspirates?
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    Sticky: I think just learning more about the cycle, and...

    I think just learning more about the cycle, and the complexity involved in it, makes me appreciate more how innovative and talented Wagner was.
    Kind of wish the company made more of these, for...
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    Sticky: I checked this out from my music library the...

    I checked this out from my music library the other day.
    1707
    I love it. I think it's a great way for me to work my way through the Ring.
    It has the Solti recording in mono and you can follow...
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    Sticky: OK, I am going to have to check all of these out....

    OK, I am going to have to check all of these out. I don't think I have heard any of those yet.
    The Araiza "Ah lo veggio" is on YT.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_fx2IIh2mA
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    Sticky: If you have the Met on Demand, the Met has both...

    If you have the Met on Demand, the Met has both the 1982 and 1988 broadcasts of Cosi. Rendall is in both of them and he sings "Ah, lo veggio" in both.
    If you don't want to pay the monthly fee, you...
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    Sticky: You are absolutely right. I misspoke, I was...

    You are absolutely right. I misspoke, I was thinking the same thing and was going to reedit my earlier comment.

    BTW, I just listened to your recommendation of the 1982 Cosi Fan Tutte on Met Opera...
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    Sticky: By cutting the Mozart tenor arias, I feel like...

    By cutting the Mozart tenor arias, I feel like some of the characterization is lost for the tenors.
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