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    Opera Lively Moderator Top Contributor Member Amfortas's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zalman View Post
    What is this new Verdi Otello blu-ray from C Major posted on Presto?
    You can watch the full performance here.

    Looks interesting visually, and Thielemann conducting is a plus. But Cura couldn't sing the role ten years ago; he doesn't seem to have gotten any better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    You can watch the full performance here.

    Looks interesting visually, and Thielemann conducting is a plus. But Cura couldn't sing the role ten years ago; he doesn't seem to have gotten any better.
    To be fair to Thielemann, I think Johan Botha was originally down to play the role but he already was unwell with the condition that caused his unfortunate death. Probably not many tenors who can sing this role who are available at short notice.

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    I couldn't agree more. It's surprising though how he sings exactly like 10 years ago. It's clever cheating - he doesn't have enough stamina for the role, so he rushes his lines so that he expends about 70% of the breath required. The conductor has to follow suit so it's always on the exciting side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zalman View Post
    I couldn't agree more. It's surprising though how he sings exactly like 10 years ago. It's clever cheating - he doesn't have enough stamina for the role, so he rushes his lines so that he expends about 70% of the breath required. The conductor has to follow suit so it's always on the exciting side.
    Melchior would get ahead of the beat, too. But . . . he was Melchior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Melchior would get ahead of the beat, too. But . . . he was Melchior.
    Cura is not getting ahead of the beat, because the conductor follows suit and keeps the beat where Cura needs it, he just sings very fast on short breaths. There is a comic moment on the Liceu blu-ray where he ends act II together with the baritone singing "Dio vendicator!". They are supposed to sing this together, but Cura finishes these two words like 2 seconds before the baritone, and this in a performance that was already well rehearsed and it's not opening night. Check the disc if you have it, it's unbelievable, very end of act II. Cura barks the text.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zalman View Post
    Cura is not getting ahead of the beat, because the conductor follows suit and keeps the beat where Cura needs it, he just sings very fast on short breaths. There is a comic moment on the Liceu blu-ray where he ends act II together with the baritone singing "Dio vendicator!". They are supposed to sing this together, but Cura finishes these two words like 2 seconds before the baritone, and this in a performance that was already well rehearsed and it's not opening night. Check the disc if you have it, it's unbelievable, very end of act II. Cura barks the text.
    Never liked him much.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Ditto: poor technique combined with a so-so voice produces predictable results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Never liked him much.
    Agreed and I don't think he's used much at the top houses.

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    I found an ad for this new release in the latest issue of Das Opernglas:



    Philippe Jaroussky: “La Storia di Orfeo
    Arias from operas by Montverdi, Luigi Rossi, and Sartorio dealing with the Orpheus myth
    With Emőke Baráth (soprano)
    Conductor/orchestra: Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera

    Though countertenors aren’t my cup of tea, I know many OL members enjoy listening to them and to M. Jaroussky in particular.

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    Nun stuff for Festat, which I found after reading this interesting article in the Guardian.

    Lucrezia Borgia's Daughter
    Princess, Nun and Musician: Motets from a 16th century convent

    Natalie

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    Oh, that looks wonderful even if the attributed composer is solely based on a wild hunch.

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