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    I visited Amazon planning to pre-order the Aida with Harteros and der Jonas -- which apparently can't be done on this side of the pond yet. Next thing I know, I'm buying something entirely different.



    This live 1967 performance conducted by Claudio Abbado has Renata Scotto and the Pav early in their careers (he sings Tebaldo), and Giacomo Aragall as Romeo. Purists will cringe, but according to a critic who reviewed a different recording of this opera, it was fairly common in Italy several decades ago to cast the mezzo role of Romeo with a tenor. Just my cuppa tea, I thought, and decided to do some searching. I really like Aragall's voice, and am looking forward to listening to this. (As soon as I finish getting acquainted with Maria Stuarda.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I visited Amazon planning to pre-order the Aida with Harteros and der Jonas -- which apparently can't be done on this side of the pond yet. Next thing I know, I'm buying something entirely different.



    This live 1967 performance conducted by Claudio Abbado has Renata Scotto and the Pav early in their careers (he sings Tebaldo), and Giacomo Aragall as Romeo. Purists will cringe, but according to a critic who reviewed a different recording of this opera, it was fairly common in Italy several decades ago to cast the mezzo role of Romeo with a tenor. Just my cuppa tea, I thought, and decided to do some searching. I really like Aragall's voice, and am looking forward to listening to this. (As soon as I finish getting acquainted with Maria Stuarda.)

    I love the opera, but never have heard it with a tenor Romeo. Guess I'll also have to add this one to my list...

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    We're all such terrible influences on each other . . . and our credit card bills reflect it!

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    I've found the answer: have no money to begin with!

    Problem solved.

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    Just bought this after discovering it accidentally while surfing Amazon:


    Would have preferred the much better sound quality of this one, but wasn't going to spend $35 when I could get the one above for a dollar.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Now this (for Mariella Devia):
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    I need to add that I Puritani to my "recordings to buy" list. I know I like Mariella Devia's voice, and after listening to a YouTube clip with William Matteuzzi, I'm sold. (The La Sonnambula with Ms. Devia and Luca Canonici -- another wonderful tenor -- is already on the aforementioned list.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I need to add that I Puritani to my "recordings to buy" list. I know I like Mariella Devia's voice, and after listening to a YouTube clip with William Matteuzzi, I'm sold. (The La Sonnambula with Ms. Devia and Luca Canonici -- another wonderful tenor -- is already on the aforementioned list.)
    Anything with Devia in it will gladden this old heart. She could sing "Mary Had A Little Lamb" and it would be exquisite. As for Puritani (which I enjoy more each time we watch it), I would be remiss if I failed to tout the Blu ray version with Florez, Machaidze, D'Arcangelo and Viviani. What a powerful "Puritani Quartet" this is!

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    I just ordered Il Vaggio a Reims (Opus Arte) with a bunch of young singers from the Mariinsky Opera. I saw this at a friends and had to have it.Who could have guessed that the Russians could have so much fun with Rossini, and perform it so well???

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    Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
    Live recording [mono] Bayreuth 25-27, 29 July 1953

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    Rheingold
    Wotan: Hans Hotter, Donner: Hermann Uhde, Froh: Gerhard Stolze, Loge: Erich Witte, Alberich: Gustav Neidlinger, Mime: Paul Kuen, Fasolt: Ludwig Weber, Fafner: Josef Greindl, Fricka: Ira Malaniuk, Freia Bruni: Falcon, Erda: Maria von Ilosvay, Woglinde: Erika Zimmermann, Wellgunde: Hetty Plümacher, Floßhilde: Gisela Litz
    Walküre
    Siegmund: Ramón Vinay, Sieglinde: Regina Resnik, Wotan: Hans Hotter, Brünnhilde: Martha Mödl, Hunding: Josef Greindl, Fricka: Ira Malaniuk, Gerhilde: Brünnhild Friedland, Ortlinde: Bruni Falcon, Waltraute: Lise Sorrell, Schwertleite: Maria von Ilosvay, Helmwige: Liselotte Thomamüller, Siegrune: Gisela Litz, Grimgerde: Sibylla Plate, Roßweiße: Erika Schubert
    Siegfried
    Siegfried: Wolfgang Windgassen, Mime: Paul Kuen, Brünnhilde: Martha Mödl, Wanderer: Hans Hotter, Alberich: Gustav Neidlinger, Fafner: Josef Greindl, Erda: Maria von Ilosvay, Waldvogel: Rita Streich
    Götterdämmerung
    Brünnhilde: Martha Mödl, Siegfried: Wolfgang Windgassen, Hagen: Josef Greindl, Alberich: Gustav Neidlinger, Gunther: Hermann Uhde, Gutrune: Natalie Hinsch-Gröndahl, Waltraute: Ira Malaniuk, Woglinde: Erika Zimmermann, Wellgunde: Hetty Plümacher, Floßhilde: Gisela Litz, 1. Norn: Maria von Ilosvay, 2. Norn: Ira Malaniuk, 3. Norn: Regina Resnik

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    Schubert: Alfonso und Estrella, D732
    Edith Mathis, Hermann Prey, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau, Eberhard Büchner & Theo Adam
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    Handel: Orlando
    Bejun Mehta (Orlando), Sophie Karthäuser (Angelica), Kristina Hammarström (Medoro), Sunhae Im (Dorinda), Konstantin Wolff (Zoroastro)
    B'Rock Orchestra, René Jacobs

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    Vivaldi: Catone in Utica
    Topi Lehtipuu (Catone), Roberta Mameli (Cesare), Ann Hallenberg (Emilia), Sonia Prina (Marzia), Romina Basso (Fulvio) & Emoke Baráth (Arbace)
    Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis

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    Grabbing his wallet, he snatched at the door handle. Then violently flinging the kitchen door open, he ran out in to the cool summer night.

    He ran fast and hard, his naked feet sprinting accross the cold tarmac of the road. The anger and adrenalin removed any pain from the small jagged gravel of the road underfoot, whilst a searing emotion burned away any control over his actions.

    Seconds later at the end of the road, he threw the wallet with all his hatred, as far over the guard rail as he could on to the intercity rail line.

    "Damn You!" he cried. "Damn you, internet purchasing and credit card detail remembering facilities on web purchasing sites!"

    He fell to his knees hard. Blood trickled from broken skin. Arms reached out wide as he searched towards the heavens and screamed

    "How can I control my opera addiction?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Grabbing his wallet, he snatched at the door handle. Then violently flinging the kitchen door open, he ran out in to the cool summer night.

    He ran fast and hard, his naked feet sprinting accross the cold tarmac of the road. The anger and adrenalin removed any pain from the small jagged gravel of the road underfoot, whilst a searing emotion burned away any control over his actions.

    Seconds later at the end of the road, he threw the wallet with all his hatred, as far over the guard rail as he could on to the intercity rail line.

    "Damn You!" he cried. "Damn you, internet purchasing and credit card detail remembering facilities on web purchasing sites!"

    He fell to his knees hard. Blood trickled from broken skin. Arms reached out wide as he searched towards the heavens and screamed

    "How can I control my opera addiction?"
    Srsly? You're asking us? You know, the ones in the cardboard boxes under the bridge?

    (Also you know it's pointless hoping an intercity train will crush your card as it'll be stopped in the middle of nowhere for hours while someone apologises over the tannoy for delays due to "rats on the line at Tunbridge Wells" or explains "the train is late because the last train was late".)
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