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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Actually we are all planning to come and stay with you so we can accompany you to this treasure trove!
    Beware, Jephtha. What she really wants is a host who will take care of feeding her hungry daughter (she starves the poor girl in order to buy opera DVDs) so that there is more money left for her opera purchases.
    "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 Almaviva View Post
    Beware, Jephtha. What she really wants is a host who will take care of feeding her hungry daughter (she starves the poor girl in order to buy opera DVDs) so that there is more money left for her opera purchases.
    BOTH daughters. They are looking forward to a square meal.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    BOTH daughters. They are looking forward to a square meal.
    Excellent! I can recommend a good hotel, and the restaurant there is top-drawer!

    And BTW, my sorrow at your lack of good CD shops is completely offset whenever I see photos of the New Zealand landscape. I think you live in the most gorgeous place on the planet.
    How far that little candle throws his beams!
    So shines a good deed in a naughty world.


    The Merchant of Venice, V, i.

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    Well, it's hard to top all that, so moving right along:

    Based upon DA's recommendation

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    and, based upon Almaviva's recommendation:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jephtha View Post
    And BTW, my sorrow at your lack of good CD shops is completely offset whenever I see photos of the New Zealand landscape. I think you live in the most gorgeous place on the planet.
    Yes, ever since the destruction of the Ring and the defeat of Sauron, Soave has been free to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Middle Earth.

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    You know, reading you guys on OL is beginning to run up my tab!

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    Although not a new acquisition, Hoffman and I were just discussing this CD of a Norma performance that I have so I thought I would post it here!
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    More Tutto Verdi, my collection of this series just keeps growing.....
    Both feature Dimitra Theodossiou



    The Forza Del Destino is a Sefano Poda production, same director as the anvante Thais I recently purchased and commented on here


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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroneslothrop View Post
    Although not a new acquisition, Hoffman and I were just discussing this CD of a Norma performance that I have so I thought I would post it here!
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    Young Joan Sutherland as Adalgisa........

    There are some lustworthy 1955 La Scala season Normas, the Divina Label and Pristine Audio releases.

    Divina owner possesses the original BJR master tapes plus includes huge media file with rare photos etc.
    Pristine has even better sound, best I have ever heard for any Callas 1955 season Norma.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Young Joan Sutherland as Adalgisa........
    Clotilde! and only 3 yrs younger than Callas!

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    The 1952 Callas's Norma can also be found on youtube:



    Maria Callas was already owning Norma by the late 1940s, and in 1950 it was her star role, when she was just 26 years old. The performance above was her first Norma in the Covent Garden, with a mature, but excellent, Ebe Stignani as Adalgisa. We can wish Sutherland was singing that role, but regrettably she was singing Clotilde by that time, she was still an utility soprano and had sung her debut in the Covent Garden just one month before that particular performance. However, her own rise to stardom had to wait yet a few years.

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    More Verdi, I am now shopping more on EBay because of large increase in Amazon shipping
    (many Ebay sellers ship free)



    The La Forza is pushing the standard conventions envelope, but I have all the conventional versions and this importantly has final with all three on stage for final death scence, actually show brother's vendetta killing sister Leonora (often done offstage in other productions)

    The older La Scala Lombardi was purchased for historical reference since I enjoyed the new Tutto Verdi version so much


    The scences with gypsy fortune teller Preziosilla are kicked up a notch in new La Forza




    I saw youtube of original St Petersburg release of La Forza by Verdi and all 3 main characters are killed off in final death scence, I prefer later revised Italian release allowing Alvaro to live on with guilt of others "fatal destiny"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post

    Haha! And you say there is no hope for me!

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