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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Kicking myself for not buying the recording of Cendrillon with his Prince Charmant while it was still available. When I last checked, it could only be downloaded -- and not in the U.S. Amazon might have it, but it will probably come with a price tag of at least three digits.
    I just saw the UK site has a UK/Swiss company selling for GBP 19. It's a mark up but not a three figure sum!

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb...ndrillon+gedda

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    Even figuring in the exchange rate, shipping, and foreign transaction fees, that's probably cheaper than the $33 I paid yesterday for a new recording from Amazon.com. I suppose I can console myself with the thought that a portion of the purchase price (through Amazon Smile) will support RAPTOR, Inc., a local non-profit that rehabilitates injured birds of prey.

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    http://www.usnews.com/news/new-york/...realistic-sets

    Couple of Met tidbits that I hadn't heard before, thanks to an interview with David McVicar. The Met is cancelling its 2018-2019 engagement of Damiano Michieletto's production of Samson et Delila. Probably for the best, as the Met audience would haaaaate his extremely non-traditional staging (which has already played in Paris). In this case, the Met has enough time to commission a new staging, so hopefully that will go well and won't be too constrained on budget.

    In more exciting news, McVicar is working on The Met's first production of Handel's Agrippina, and Gelb is putting out feelers for an eventual production of Don Carlos (in French).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Kicking myself for not buying the recording of Cendrillon with his Prince Charmant while it was still available. When I last checked, it could only be downloaded -- and not in the U.S. Amazon might have it, but it will probably come with a price tag of at least three digits.
    By coincidence, I listened to that recording yesterday during my walk. As good as Nicolai Gedda is, Prince Charmant is supposed to be a trouser role, so I am a little put out by that. The good news, of course, is that while he is very good, Frederica von Stade's Cendrillon and Ruth Welting's Fairy Godmother are outstanding. Von Stade's voice was about at its peak when this was recorded in 1978.

    I took a quick look through Amazon's offerings, and there appear to be plenty of options for this set - it is the only major recording that seems ever to have been made of this opera. Hard to believe, as I think it is one of Massenet's most under-appreciated efforts. I am so over Werther and its sorry tale of woe (Goethe notwithstanding..) that I don't own a recording and didn't even go last time WNO staged it.

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    For UK members and particularly if you live near or in London. There is an exhibition at the V&A Museum on opera in the autumn. Pappano is also doing a TV series on the BBC to accompany it.


    http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/o/opera/

    https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/opera

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    Yes, yes! I think I'll be going to that!

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    oh bottoms. I'm coming over but I'll be in Italy by the end of September.
    Natalie

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    News has reached social media that the great bass Kurt Moll has died. This article in German confirms the news. Moll in my opinion had the most beautiful of bass voices and was a great Ochs but more than anything a wonderful Gurnemanz, particularly in the Kubelik recording. R.I.P.

    http://www.rp-online.de/kultur/musik...-aid-1.6658577

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    Loved his Sarastro, too.

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    In the near future, we will get to hear a reconstruction of an act of an unfinished Liszt opera. How cool is that?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jflatter View Post
    News has reached social media that the great bass Kurt Moll has died. This article in German confirms the news. Moll in my opinion had the most beautiful of bass voices and was a great Ochs but more than anything a wonderful Gurnemanz, particularly in the Kubelik recording. R.I.P.

    http://www.rp-online.de/kultur/musik...-aid-1.6658577
    And Osmin! I saw him doing Osmin at the Royal Opera House and no-one has quite reached his standard since.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by jflatter View Post
    News has reached social media that the great bass Kurt Moll has died. This article in German confirms the news. Moll in my opinion had the most beautiful of bass voices and was a great Ochs but more than anything a wonderful Gurnemanz, particularly in the Kubelik recording. R.I.P.
    Yes to all of this. His Gurnemanz is one of the main reasons the Kubelik Parsifal is high on my wish list. Sorry he's no longer with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    oh bottoms.
    I'm afraid I must call your attention to Article Seven of the Terms of Service:

    "Obscenity and foul language are also not allowed. This kind of content will be removed immediately and severe infractions will be issued."

    Just doing my job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I'm afraid I must call your attention to Article Seven of the Terms of Service:

    "Obscenity and foul language are also not allowed. This kind of content will be removed immediately and severe infractions will be issued."

    Just doing my job.
    * edit "oh derrieres"
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemorino View Post
    In the near future, we will get to hear a reconstruction of an act of an unfinished Liszt opera. How cool is that?!
    That is wonderful news, especially given that it appears he only has one finished opera.
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