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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

    I have just checked my e-mail.

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

    Divina have only just shipped my Maria's Anna, up to 25 days shipping time.

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

    Where are Divina based? Orion constellation?

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

    Oh well.

    Shopping therapy;

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    and

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    AND I've just received my bank statement. NO more shopping. This week at least.
    I have all 3. Great versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian
    ...I have all 3...
    ...but... but... but... what do you do with them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton
    ...but... but... but... what do you do with them?
    To be absolutely honest... Parsifal has been sitting in my tea cabinet for over two weeks. It keeps snarling at me with fangs that I'm sure would rip my heart out...

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    Second installment on its way.

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    I just glanced at my Visa statement. Whatever was I thinking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I just glanced at my Visa statement. Whatever was I thinking?
    Ha ha ha ha!

    Ha ha ha ha!


    I had the exact same last week. I thought I had slipped on something and banged my head on the wall; no it was just the bank statement.

    Full report required on the Zaira!

    Ha ha ha ha!

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    By most accounts it seems Suliotis was misfiring at this stage of her career. However even if it is just a fraction of the Suliotis; I am sure at GBP14 it will be a bargain...

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    Hey Presto!

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    Whilst I was there...

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    Good singer, lousy actor. I have previously been so put off by the latter failing that I failed to notice how good he sounds in Wagner.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Good singer, lousy actor. I have previously been so put off by the latter failing that I failed to notice how good he sounds in Wagner.

    Yep, I've never seen him live on stage but he has a reputation for being a graduate of the Park and Bark School of Operatic Singing. But with a good voice!
    "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
    Yep, I've never seen him live on stage but he has a reputation for being a graduate of the Park and Bark School of Operatic Singing. But with a good voice!
    I saw him sing Walther in Die Meistersinger earlier this year in February (Chicago) and was not particularly impressed. He sang competently, but nothing to get excited about. He's so big it's no wonder he can't/doesn't act - he can hardly move - he waddles across the stage. He's not the first singer, to be, shall we say, "plus-size", but it seems to be increasingly unusual. Park and Bark, indeed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I saw him sing Walther in Die Meistersinger earlier this year in February (Chicago) and was not particularly impressed. He sang competently, but nothing to get excited about. He's so big it's no wonder he can't/doesn't act - he can hardly move - he waddles across the stage. He's not the first singer, to be, shall we say, "plus-size", but it seems to be increasingly unusual. Park and Bark, indeed!
    No, here's the deal. Whatever size you are, when you are singing love songs to the soprano, you look at her as much as possible while singing. You do not look ALL THE TIME at the conductor. Every time you open your mouth.

    Compare that to Jessye Norman, another larger singer. It does not stop her acting and moving.
    Natalie

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    To marry tickets purchased for ROH performance next march...

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    I need another War Requiem like a hole in the head, but somehow the words Ian Bostridge have the effect of dragging my index finger irresistibly to the "proceed to checkout" button. And Alma, lookit at who is singing the "Russian soprano" part.



    I listened to this on Spotify after seeing that it is Gramophone's first choice for Billy Budd. And I could see why, powerful (without sacrificing beauty of tone) Vere, youthful ardent Billy, sonorous Claggart, fine comprimarios. So I HAD to own it.



    A Robert Carsen production, Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Phil, Pavol Breslik as Tamino, and luxury casting of comprimarios (Josť van Dam as the Speaker; Annick Massis, Magdalena KoženŠ and Nathalie Stutzmann as the three ladies? No brainer, buy buy buy.

    Natalie

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    This was on sale (Arkivmusic) and, recalling Luiz' eloquence about Philippe Jaroussky's singing, along with a growing appreciation for Baroque opera, sprung for:

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    Then, having sat through the largely enjoyable WNO production of La forza del destino, but with some truly sketchy singing, decided to see what it should sound like:

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    and, of course any opportunity to add to my Callas collection (and because Arkivmusic is/was selling it at $4.99):

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