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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Is this good, Nat? Or other Baroque fans here?

    I agree, not to be missed.
    Natalie

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

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    Presto Classical package got here today, which one should I watch first?

    Not picture, due to inability to find image of the right size:
    2015 Liceu Norma (Sondra Radvanovsky, Gregory Kunde, Ekaterina Gubanova, Raymond Aceto, Francisco Vas, Ana Puche)
    2016 Munich Mefistofele (Rene Pape, Joseph Calleja, Kristine Opolais, Karine Babajanyan)
    2013 Vienna La Fanciulla (Jonas Kaufmann, Nina Stemme, Tomasz Konieczny)
    2011 Liceu Tannhauser (Peter Seiffert, Petra Maria Schnitzer, Beatrice Uria-Monzon, Markus Eiche, Gunther Groissbock)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dichteurehalle View Post
    Presto Classical package got here today, which one should I watch first?
    ...
    woo hoo! lucky you!

    I'd be watching my waistline as I pop a few hundred grams of popping corn and sit down to gobble up all that opera...

    and might want to start with JK and Nina

    or

    Rene...

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    I vote Norma (actually made me cry) or Fanciulla (if you are happy to see past the horrible orange wig, very fine cast)

    Haven't seen that Tannhauser and the Alfano is waiting to be watched. The Onegin is striking but rather cold; Rusalka very Regie but appropriately so (because it's basically a horrible cruel story, not a Disney fairytale); Mefistofele is OK but not a patch on the exuberant SF Carsen production, and the Ballo is pretty good. Simply can't remember a thing about the Rosenkavalier except that Günther Groissböck is not as disgusting as the usual oafish Ochs.
    Natalie

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    Nice haul!

    I particularly liked the Onegin: an unconventional, stylized, but intriguing production. Plus Opolais and Rucinski act and sing the parts well.

    Also agree the Rusalka is striking, but only if you're willing to go very dark.

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    This does feature Anna Netrebko as Louisa, so not sure why she is not listed on the cover image as Louisa is the main character, no? But she maybe was not so big of a star back then as she was a youngling when she did this. However, the reissue does include her name outside the area of the original cover (see IMAGE). So either she was not big news back then, or perhaps not being Russian, they did not include her on the cover. Ha! Russian opera happening in Seville. Was Prokofiev trying to imitate Rossini?

    Last edited by Florestan; March 26th, 2017 at 03:55 PM. Reason: Found better cover image and explain missing star's name and other thoughts added.
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    After a good while not buying much opera, I recovered some Amazon gift certificates I got for my birthday and went on a mini-spree. Here is what I got.

    This should be precious:


    Initially I passed on this when I maximized the gift certificates then realized that I had ordered two Show Boats by mistake, sent one back for a refund and added this (comes well recommended by Festat and Nat):


    Always wanted to see this given that it features a charming lady (Ms. Stober) I interviewed in person so I'm breaking my "opera companies shouldn't do musicals" rule:


    You won't believe it but I actually never watched this:


    I couldn't do without a contemporary opera:


    I look forward to watching this, an opera I only know in audio version:


    The couple of Salieri operas I know (Tarare and Falstaff), I didn't like that much so I'm taking a chance here:
    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); March 26th, 2017 at 11:33 AM.
    "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 Dichteurehalle View Post
    Not picture, due to inability to find image of the right size:
    You can readjust the size of any image by saving it to your hard drive and going to My Documents, selecting it and clicking on Edit on the bar at the top (assuming your computer is a PC/Windows one - Macs must have a similar feature) and increasing or decreasing the number of pixels, then you upload it using the Basic Uploader link (bottom right) when you click on the Image icon here on Opera Lively. You can also go to the Presto Classical site and just right click on the image of what you bought then "copy image location" - if the image is small, that's OK.

    Regarding what to watch first, I really love this Rusalka with Opolais.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I'm looking forward to getting this one in the mail on Tuesday

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    ^ That one looks very good. It is in my unwatched pile, which has about 16 operas in it plus one in the mail.
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    Wound up watching none of those, but did watch a recent Amazon purchase:
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    3 with Edita Gruberova...

    nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dichteurehalle View Post

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    Uh oh! I had never heard of this Kentridge Zauberflote before... Gonna have to buy that, too!

    It's too bad audio commentaries aren't common on opera DVDs because I would listen to one with Ailish Tynan. She's a hoot!

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