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    Opera Lively Moderator Top Contributor Member Amfortas's Avatar
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    If you like this opera, and ever get into DVDs, I highly recommend this production.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    If you like this opera, and ever get into DVDs, I highly recommend this production.

    One of the best ever. The Ball scene.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    This morning’s opera is inspired by the opening ceremony of the winter Olympics!

    Mikhail Glinka – “the father of Russian classical music and an important influence on the Mighty Five” (-Anna Yurdina, Russia Today)
    Ruslan and Lyudmila

    Mikhail Kit (Svetozar)
    Anna Netrebko (Lyudmila)
    Vladimir Ognovenko (Ruslan)
    Larissa Diadkova (Ratmir)
    Gennady Bezzubenkov (Farlaf)
    Galina Gorchakova (Gorislava)
    Konstantin Pluzhnikov (Finn)
    Irena Bogachova (Naina)
    Yuri Marusin (Bayan)
    Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre
    Valery Gergiev
    Recorded live at the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, February 1995 (which I suppose would make Anna 23 years old)

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    The story takes place in Kiev, which I think is closer to Sochi than Moscow…
    And Stalin's favorite composer, according to a Stalin biographer. My, he was a complex one, wasn't he?

    I love Boris but have never listened to Khovanschina, so I must seek it out now. You see Clayton, your finances are not the only ones threatened by threads like this one.
    Never try to teach a pig to sing. You will waste your time and you will annoy the pig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revenant View Post
    And Stalin's favorite composer, according to a Stalin biographer. My, he was a complex one, wasn't he?

    I love Boris but have never listened to Khovanschina, so I must seek it out now. You see Clayton, your finances are not the only ones threatened by threads like this one.
    Yes, buying all these operas that we want and we become cash poorer but richer otherwise!

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    I don't know much about Russian opera but I do like Aleko

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    Quote Originally Posted by mario View Post
    I like above all Kovanchina.
    I listened it at la Scala conducted by Gergiev and find it fantastic, more melodic than Boris and more dramatic than Oneghin, two others russian operas that i love, but i prefer Kovanchina (but directed by Gergiev, i listened it even in DVD directed by Abbado, but Abbado was less interesting)
    Khovanschina is my favorite Russian opera as well. Have several versions.

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    Since this thread was started Rubinstein's The Demon has entered my list in the top 5, and Prince Igor has shot up as well. Also Karetnikov's Till Eulenspiegel is in there somewhere.
    Natalie

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    #1 is Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky orchestration, both 1869 and 1872)

    Also like Khovanshchina and Iolanta.

    Haven't experienced any others--yet.
    There are no long Wagner operas. Only short attention spans.

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