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    Of the three recordings of this opera I have, the Met version with Barbara Daniels, Plácido Domingo, and Sherrill Milnes remains my overall favorite. The Vienna production with Stemme, Kaufmann, and Tomasz Konieczny has its pluses -- chiefly, the singing of Kaufmann and Stemme. Konieczny seems to be the Wiener Staatsoper's all-purpose baritone, and while he certainly isn't a poor Rance, for me he's not on a par with Milnes. Marco Arturo Marelli's updated staging usually works (the Polka saloon becomes a food truck), with the exception of that hideous red fright wig Stemme is required to wear. It makes her look like a complete frump and causes the viewer to wonder why she inspires such passion in Johnson/Ramerrez and Rance. (The first recording I purchased was the audio version with Carol Neblett, Domingo, and Milnes as the principals, and it's also very good.)

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    For those who are interested, here is the Vienna State Opera Fanciulla with Stemme and Kaufmann.

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    I agree with Mary about the Vienna production. That wig! Also agree that the Met one is excellent.

    My favourite stage production is the Swedish Opera production with Nina Stemme, which uses a silent movie trope to make perfect sense of the wild west setting. Stemme looks a lot better in this as well, and John Lundgren is an excellent Rance.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    My favourite stage production is the Swedish Opera production with Nina Stemme, which uses a silent movie trope to make perfect sense of the wild west setting. Stemme looks a lot better in this as well, and John Lundgren is an excellent Rance.
    Would you believe it, I was looking at this just yesterday, trying to decide if I should buy it! I was not especially impressed by Antonenko when I saw him in Otello a couple years back, but I only watched it once and haven't seen any of this other roles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dichteurehalle View Post
    Would you believe it, I was looking at this just yesterday, trying to decide if I should buy it! I was not especially impressed by Antonenko when I saw him in Otello a couple years back, but I only watched it once and haven't seen any of this other roles.
    Antonenko is always a bit stolid but he is fine here; after all it's a role that requires less range than Otello, and is of course less punishing. The other two are fantastic and I personally find the staging the most convincing of any I have seen. I saw it on YT and then felt moved to actually buy it when it came out.
    Natalie

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    I too like the Swedish Opera production with Stemme. I also have the old ROH with Domingo, Neblett, and Carolli--a solid, if traditional staging.


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