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    A is for Armida, Saracen sorceress and seductress extraordinaire, who holds crusader Rinaldo in an erotic stupor until his mates come and persuade him to return to his day job of heretic-slaughter, rapine and pillage. This character in Tasso’s epic Gerusalemme liberata, appears in a number of operas, the best known of which are Lully’s Armide, Handel’s Rinaldo, Vivaldi’s Armida al campo d'Egitto, Gluck’s Armide, Papa Haydn’s Armida and Rossini’s Armida. Wiki tells me that there is even a version written in 2005 by Judith Weir.

    Which is your favourite? Mine is Rinaldo, with Rossini's version coming a close second.

    Here is the whole of the latter from the Met:



    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Nonono wait - two more ideas at least for A but no time to compose them this morning....
    OK, I can wait a bit longer but I have a million ideas for Basses and Baritones


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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    I'm sure you want B for Boccanegra but one might say that it's only good for S for Simon Boccanegra, since the name of an opera isn't usually alphabetized by the last name of the title character but rather by the first letter of the title, so, no Boccanegra for ya!
    If you can bend the rules, then so can I!!!
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    If you can bend the rules, then so can I!!!
    I didn't bend the rules. It's been proven that Anna portrays Anna and has cough cough Assets cough cough. And besides, she is an A+++ lady, in singing, beauty, acting, and overall Awesome personality!

    A is for Anna Netrebko!
    A is for Anna Netrebko!
    A is for Anna Netrebko!



    OK, here. Regardless, we can always say this:

    A is for Anna Netrebko's Assets:

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    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    OK, since we're dangerously close to moving to B, let's log in some more As.

    A is for Claudio Abbado
    A is for Acis and Galatea
    A is for Adriana Lecouvreur
    A is for Aggripina
    A is for Pierrette Alarie
    A is for Licia Albanese
    A is for Albert Herring
    A is for Alceste
    A is for Aleko
    A is for Ahmal and the Night Visitors
    A is for L'Amico Fritz
    A is for Andrea Chénier
    A is for Victoria de los Angeles
    A is for Arabella
    A is for Ariadne auf Naxos
    A is for Ariane et Barbe-bleue
    A is for Ariodante
    A is for Atys
    A is for Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    A is also for Aria, a vehicle for expressing emotion (and showing off beautiful legato and phrasing, insane coloratura, bonkers high Cs, etc etc)
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    OK, since we're dangerously close to moving to B, let's log in some more As.

    A is for Claudio Abbado
    A is for Acis and Galatea
    A is for Adriana Lecouvreur
    A is for Aggripina
    A is for Pierrette Alarie
    A is for Licia Albanese
    A is for Albert Herring
    A is for Alceste
    A is for Aleko
    A is for Ahmal and the Night Visitors
    A is for L'Amico Fritz
    A is for Andrea Chénier
    A is for Victoria de los Angeles
    A is for Arabella
    A is for Ariadne auf Naxos
    A is for Ariane et Barbe-bleue
    A is for Ariodante
    A is for Atys
    A is for Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
    What's the hurry?

    But if you insist...

    A is for Albéniz, composer of Merlin
    A is for Laura Aiken, Zerlinetta in the Gyndebourne Ariadne
    A is for Roberta Alexandra, most recently appearing in Elektra from Aix
    A is for Alfano, whose main claim to fame is not his own compositions (eg Cyrano de Bergera), but his rather unsatifactory ending for Puccini's Turandot
    A is for Adam, whose opera Le Postillon de Longjumeau contains the aria 'Mes amis, écoutez l'histoire' which allows tenors to show off their high D
    A is for Auber, whose Opera La Muette de Portici has two claims to fame: 1. the central character is mute ( in an opera!!!!!) and 2. its performance in Brussels in 1830 caused a riot which led to Belgian independence.
    A is for Alceste, faithful wife of Admeto who sacrifices her life for her husband. Gluck wrote Alceste, Handel wrote Admeto.
    A is for the lovely John Mark Ainsley, the best captain Vere ever. Other great tenors in a similar fach: Cyril Auvity, Paul Agnew.
    A is for L'Arlesiana, an opera which is rarely heard in its entirety but whose aria È la solita storia del pastore is one of verismo's greatest hits.
    A is for Francesco Araiza and Fabio Armiliato
    A is for L'Africaine, based on the life of Vasco da Gama. Puzzling name really as the title role Sélika, is obviously Indian. Sélika wins the prize for most imaginative suicide: she dies by inhaling the perfume of the poisonous blossoms of the manchineel tree.
    A is for Jaume Aragall, possessor of one of the most lovely tenor voices ever, but afflicted by crippling stage fright
    Natalie

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    A is for Alcina,

    one of Handel's most popular operas. His thirtieth Italian opera, it premiered at the new Covent Garden theatre, the newest and biggest theatre in London, in 1735 with performances in the following year and 1737. This was a no-expenses-spared opera, with loads of money at the new theatre for new sets and singers. Competition from the newly formed Opera of the Nobility now housed at the King's Theatre added importance to the success of the opera.

    It is a three act opera based on the 16th century poem Orlando furioso by Ludovic Ariosto about the sorceress (no relation to Harry Potter) Alcina who tricks heroes to coming to her island and falling in love with her. Her victim in this opera is Ruggiero, who whilst being rescued by Bradamante his betrothed, sees through the illusion when he puts on a magic ring (no relation to Tolkein or Nibelungen).
    Aria Verdi Prati. There are many great arias in this opera but this one is a favourite. Ruggiero understanding that this idyllic life and his love was just an illusion that he must leave, nevertheless feels some sadness for leaving it behind. It is a very simple piece musically but together with the poetry of the situation, I find it striking. So simple was the music thought, at first the castrato Giovanni Carestini refused to sing it!


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    a is also for I will appreciate it if some one adds a post with a youtube clip of verdi prati

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    What's the hurry?
    I'm not in a hurry, sospiro is. I thought she might prevail in moving us to B, so I wanted to insert some As while I could.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    OK, since we're dangerously close to moving to B, let's log in some more As.

    A is for Claudio Abbado
    A is for Acis and Galatea
    A is for Adriana Lecouvreur
    A is for Aggripina
    A is for Pierrette Alarie
    A is for Licia Albanese
    A is for Albert Herring
    A is for Alceste
    A is for Aleko
    A is for Ahmal and the Night Visitors
    A is for L'Amico Fritz
    A is for Andrea Chénier
    A is for Victoria de los Angeles
    A is for Arabella
    A is for Ariadne auf Naxos
    A is for Ariane et Barbe-bleue
    A is for Ariodante
    A is for Atys
    A is for Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
    OP said

    Post anything; interesting or funny just to put a smile on a readers face but something (vaguely) to do with opera.
    OP didn't say post an encyclopaedia

    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    OP said



    OP didn't say post an encyclopaedia

    Trying to calm himself down after all the assets.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    OP said

    "Post anything; interesting or..."

    OP didn't say post an encyclopaedia

    Encyclopedias are interesting.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Trying to calm himself down after all the assets.
    But those assets are gifts that keep on giving.

    As we move on to other letters, I could say:

    B is for Anna Netrebko's breasts
    C is for Anna Netrebko's cleavage
    D is for Anna Netrebko's cup size (well, if they're not Ds, they give the impression that they are)

    and so on and so forth (there are many other letters... none as elegant as cough cough assets cough cough, though...)

    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Italian bass baritone Simone Alberghini

    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Italian bass baritone Simone Alberghini

    Who was once engaged to Anna Netrebko:

    Natalie

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