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    There are some CD versions, too. I think they are all reviewed in our "Die Tote in Depth" article.

    About "mein sehnen mein wähnen", I love this version:


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    Die Tote Stadt - my favourite opera. I recommend the Kerl/Denoke/Runnicles live cd. Beautiful singing and great sound.

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    Don Giovanni x 2, an expensive "painful" purchase since these are newer releases cheap used versions are not readily available




    Damrau, DiDonato, Erdman are great female cast for first version pictured

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Damrau, DiDonato, Erdman are great female cast for first version pictured
    Sorry, but I still can't stand Erdman. She's better than usual in this recording but there is still a shrill overtone that sets my teeth on edge.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jephtha View Post
    looks awesome J.
    congratulations

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    just bought Colin Davis' Lohengrin.
    want to hear Heppner's Lohengrin.
    will report later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    just bought Colin Davis' Lohengrin.
    want to hear Heppner's Lohengrin.
    will report later.
    I haven't heard this set, but I heard Heppner's Lohengrin in San Francisco several years ago when Paul Frey lost his voice midway through the opera, and had to mime the rest of it while Heppner sang from a music desk at the side of the stage. It was glorious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jephtha View Post
    I haven't heard this set, but I heard Heppner's Lohengrin in San Francisco several years ago when Paul Frey lost his voice midway through the opera, and had to mime the rest of it while Heppner sang from a music desk at the side of the stage. It was glorious.
    To me, Paul Frey always kinda' sounded like he'd lost his voice.

    ["You are cattivo, Court Composer."]

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    Man, I really want this big ol' honkin' Verdi box.

    Will one of you buy it for me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    To me, Paul Frey always kinda' sounded like he'd lost his voice.

    ["You are cattivo, Court Composer."]
    Yeah, no kidding. Believe me, the audience was ecstatic that Heppner finished the performance. He started from Lohengrin's entrance in the second act and went through to the end of the opera, and he got a standing ovation. Unbelievably beautiful singing. 'In fernem Land' was incandescent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jephtha View Post
    Yeah, no kidding. Believe me, the audience was ecstatic that Heppner finished the performance. He started from Lohengrin's entrance in the second act and went through to the end of the opera, and he got a standing ovation. Unbelievably beautiful singing. 'In fernem Land' was incandescent.
    Did Heppner at least get to come on stage for the curtain call, or did he receive his applause by proxy while Frey bowed and blew kisses to the audience?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Did Heppner at least get to come on stage for the curtain call, or did he receive his applause by proxy while Frey bowed and blew kisses to the audience?
    They both took curtain calls, and both got ovations, Frey most likely for being game enough to continue acting whilst vocally out of sorts. Frankly, I am glad things turned out that way. Frey did not have the most mellifluous voice, but he looked the part far more than Heppner, who even in those days (we're talking 1990 or '91) tended toward stoutness.

    Amfortas, did you ever hear about the time Gwyneth Jones sang both lead soprano roles in the same performance of Die Frau ohne Schatten? She was singing the Kaiserin in Zurich, where she lives, and her young daughter's class were in the audience for the matinee performance. The soprano singing the Färberin lost her voice, and, Jones not wanting to disappoint her daughter and her classmates, agreed to sing both roles. The way they worked it was this: the other soprano would mime the role, and when she had a line, if Jones was present onstage, she would turn her face upstage and sing the Färberin's line. Of course, in ensembles where both characters sang simultaneously, Jones could only manage one of the roles. This is perhaps the most extraordinary example of this sort of event that I have ever heard of. The only other one that comes close was Birgit Nilsson's expressed desire to sing a double-bill of Salome and Elektra at the Met, an event which unfortunately never came to pass. Wouldn't that have been something!

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    I knew Jones took on challenges like singing both Venus and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, but no I hadn't heard that story. Quite an impressive feat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Yay. My Presto Classic bag of goodies has arrived.

    I got:

    The Glyndebourne Don Giovanni DVD with Gerald Finley and Luca Pisaroni, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Jurowski. I look forward to this one.
    I got my copy this week found it in the mail when I returned from London. It's a total bargain ! And it it a top performance. Singing is great, there are just no weaknesses here, and that orchestra sounds fantastic. Well, I said it before :-) Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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