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    Inspired by above purchase. I might have gotten the Netrebko Iolanta instead though,
    but this one was low buck, so suits my purpose for now:
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Conductor: Thomas Schippers
    Cast: Martina Arroyo, Gianfranco Cecchele, Sherrill Milnes, Giovanni Antonini, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Giovanni Gusmeroli

    I’d actually wanted the recording of this opera with Martina Arroyo, Sherrill Milnes, and Plácido Domingo, but I also didn’t want to pay $33.00+ for it. Presto had this one on offer for $16.00, so I’m willing to listen to Signor Cecchele instead.

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    Because it was there! It was on my ebay watch list. I got a message it was ending soon.
    Nobody had bid, so I did. Nobody else bid, so I won. Beat up case, but VG condition otherwise.
    $7 USD shipped. I have no idea what it even sounds like.
    What can I say, but I am a sucker for another Rosina.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Sung in Italian:
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    How did I not pick up on this excellent set before?
    How can I be a connoisseur of Il barbiere di Siviglia without this in my collection?
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    I ordered two: Mercadante's Francesca da Rimini and Donizetti's Olivio e Pasquale, both in Blu ray. I'll post comments when they arrive and we watch them.

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    I got the Francesca da Rimini too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    That's in the Presto cart but as we have to pay eleventy billion dollars to get our house painted at the moment, purchases are on hold.
    Natalie

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    I don't know the operas of Mercadante and Mayr at all, but admit to being fascinated by their reputations, as I know they both were considered very important and well-regarded composers in their day.

    What is your impression of their operas and/or their abilities as composers and if I were to investigate them, would their operas likely be revelatory?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I don't know the operas of Mercadante and Mayr at all, but admit to being fascinated by their reputations, as I know they both were considered very important and well-regarded composers in their day.

    What is your impression of their operas and/or their abilities as composers and if I were to investigate them, would their operas likely be revelatory?
    There are two or three Mercadante operas available through Opera Rara, and a couple or so on "private labels". I have the Opera Rara recordings and have enjoyed them enough to order the Blu ray. He is a bit difficult to place, because he wrote a goodly number of operas over many years, and his style evolved from bel canto to a more Verdian style. Mayr was Donizetti's teacher, but to me sounds more of the Classical period than Bel Canto.

    That said, the best way to find out is to experience these works for yourself.

    I find Mercadante to be interesting compositionally, as well as aesthetically, if the performers can handle the coloratura action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I don't know the operas of Mercadante and Mayr at all, but admit to being fascinated by their reputations, as I know they both were considered very important and well-regarded composers in their day.

    What is your impression of their operas and/or their abilities as composers and if I were to investigate them, would their operas likely be revelatory?
    This is a good intro from Opera Rara:

    Natalie

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    Is this good, Nat? Or other Baroque fans here?

    "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
    Is this good, Nat? Or other Baroque fans here?

    It is perfect.

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    Oh darn, I got some gift cards and went on a buying spree; since the answer on this was a bit delayed I ended up spending it all and didn't buy this one, given controversial reviews on Amazon.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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