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    Lots of Dvorak... as he is quite likely the most important composer whose work is truly underrepresented in my collection.

    A good amount of French opera... as I quite enamored of French opera... yet find that in many circles it is almost as under-rated and unknown as Russian opera.
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    What is the Romeo et Juliette like? It is on my wish list...

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    I haven't played the whole Romeo et Juliette as of yet... although I've had the "highlights" disc for years. Draculette and husband are both fine... decidedly more than fine... and bring a real passion to the role... as Plasson does to the score. From most accounts, R&J will never rival Faust among Gounod's oeuvre... but then damn it! Faust is one of the finest operas in any oeuvre. This would be my first (and only) choice recording of R&J (but what alternatives are there? Andre Bocelli? Faust... on the other hand... I now have in 5 different recordings.
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    So your preferred Faust recording?

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    After a flurry of buying, I imposed a moratorium on myself. It lasted three days.

    I saw this YouTube, a singer I'd never heard of ...




    ... & was so impressed I bought this


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    So your preferred Faust recording?
    Cluytens, Gedda, EMI, hands down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Puccini: Manon Lescaut
    Mirella Freni, Placido Domingo, Renato Bruson, Robert Gambill
    Philharmonia Orchestra,
    Giuseppe Sinopoli

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    I haven't heard this opera before. I would like to know what it's like before booking opens for ROH (the opera house that I previously said I will NOT buy my next tickets from) performance with Kaufmann.
    I have that very performance; one of many actually. I love the beautiful blending of the Philharmonia strings under Sinopoli's thrall; and yes, Freni is lovely; but Dame Kiri on the London Chailly incarnation, more wonderful still, is still my clear first choice. . . if not for the suboptimal playing of the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna. . . I don't know, honestly?-- get both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Inspired by OLLOMRO and because 30% off at Presto's,

    Wagner: Tannhäuser
    Paris version
    René Kollo (Tannhauser), Helga Dernesch (Elisabeth), Christa Ludwig (Venus), Victor Braun (Wolfram), Manfred Jungwirth (Biterolf), Hans Sotin (Hermann), Kurt Equiluz (Heinrich), Norman Bailey (Reinmar)
    Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker,
    Sir Georg Solti

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    And that's my purchasing budget for the first quarter realized in the first 7 days. Let's see how long my New Year resolution is maintained (control).
    EX-cellent. Splendid. . . and for some more 'EX-cellent' and 'splendid' for you-- cast, recording, orchestral response, reading. . . everything; especially the contours Sinopoli gives to the Entry of the Guests and to the finale:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post


    This is the best one by far.
    Oh yes it is!: Timbre and power of the first order.

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    Welcome to Opera Lively, Marshallin Blair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    So your preferred Faust recording?
    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Cluytens, Gedda, EMI, hands down.
    Agree
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    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Welcome to Opera Lively, Marshallin Blair.
    Merci Herr Direktor Gazzola. Your site is wonderful: pure Gucci Equestrian, right out of Domaine de Chantilly, France. . . or, say, and upmarket Rosenkavalier. Ha. Ha. Ha.

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    Long awaited trip to Leamington Spa today.

    Absolutely terrible weather.

    Must be a complete fruitcake to travel in this weather.

    Anyway, I made a few purchases.

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    I didn't find as much as I wanted to.

    The selection in the store has shrunk since I last went there.

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    In my mind I had the fantasy that when I turned up to the store, they had a special promotion of Handel's operas and Russian operas, laid out especially for me.

    No such promotion. No promotion on opera at all.

    Special event for sheet music and Yamaha instruments. Not for me then.

    However, I do have a wish list that is in its hundreds so I found enough for today.

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    I understand that Solomon and Jephtha are oratorios but I wanted HANDEL and the in store Handel opera selection was small.

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