Cool to hear the two different takes on the same story from Vivaldi and Handel. Tamerlano grows on me more every time I hear it - there is a particular aria where Bajazet sings of seeing his daughter on the shore of the river Lethe after they die, which always has me in floods of tears (embarrassing when you are driving).
I have a girl crush on Romina Basso. I love the way she rolls her RRRs
This is so pretty - I'd love to see a production.
Glyndebourne Rinaldo as I type. Enjoying it better second time around.
I've been borrowing a lot of complete opera recordings on interloan from my local library from other libraries in the area ,as well as orchestral works,etc. They have anifty interloan system where you can go to their website and search
for anything in Westchester ocunty,just north of New York city, reserve it, and they send it to your library to pick up at only 40 cents per item.
I've been listening to among other things, the Rostropovich Boris Godunov on Erato with Ruggero Raimondi and Galina Vshnevskya , recorded in Washington,D.C. when Rostropovich was music director of the National symphony,
Mozart's early Lucio Silla on Philips with Peter Schreier, Varady,Mathis and Donath, Karajan's second Falstaff on Philips with Taddei, Panerai and Ludwig( much better than many others say it is), Peter Grimes on EMI with Haitink conducting and the late Anthony Rolfe Johnson, a live concert Rosenkavalier from of all places Naples with George Pretre conducting and Janowitz, Fassbaender, and Ridderbusch on a samll pirate label, the English language Chandos Ariadne Auf Naxos
with Christine Brewer conducted by Richard Armstrong , and the original version of Madama Butterly on Naxos , recorded in Bremen with no name singers( but still very good). etc.
Other recordings I've recently borrowed include Scotto,Domingo and Bruson in Tosca conducted by Levine,
Walkure on Teldec with Barenboim conducting at Bayreuth , the Sinopoli Macbeth on Philips with Marta Zampieri and Bruson, te RCA Forza del Destino with Price, Tucker, and Merrill conducted by Schippers, the Davis Don Giovanni with the late Ingvar Wixell on Philips, etc.
Earlier : Simon Boccanegra on EMI with Gobbi, De Los Angeles and Christoff , Maria Caniglia and Gigli in Aida with Serfain conducting , Carmen with Norman and Shicoff and Ozawa conducting on Philips . Arnold Ostman conducting Le Nozze from Drottningholm on Oiseau lyre, Handel's Rinaldo conducted by Hogwood on Decca,
Fidelio conducted by Rattle,Karajan, Solti and Dohnanyi, Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice And men and Cold sassy Tree conducted by Patrick Summers, Fliegende Hollander conducted by Dohnanyi, Bohm, Levine and Sinopoli, Lohengrin by Bychkov from Cologne and Peter Schneider from Bayreuth, Rheingold,Walkure and Siegfried with janowski/Dresden,
Elektra with Sinopoli on DG, Rattle conducting Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen on EMI in English , the Mackerras/Vienna Makropoulos Case, Die Zauberflote with Abbado, Norrington, Solti and Mackerras , Hanson's Merry Mount on Naxos with
Gerard Schwarz conducting , Kaaia Saariaho's L'Amour De Loin conducted by Nagano,Haitink in Gotterdammerung on EMI
Rossini's Mathilde Di Shabran on Decca conducted by Riccardo Frizza, Berio's Un Re In Ascolto from Salzburg with Maazel conducting and Theo Adam, Glounod's Mireille on EMI with Andre Cluytens conducting , Carlos Kleiber conducting Die Fledermaus on DG, Beethoven's Leonore (original version of Fidelio ) with Gardiner on DG Archiv,
Hindemith's Mathis der Maler with Fischer-Dieskau and Kubelik conducting , and Gergiev doing these Russian operas on Philips : Prince igor, Love for 3 oranges, Pique Dame, Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina , and the Nose (on the Mariinsky's own label. and more .
I've been catching up on a lot of opera recordings I hadn't gotter around to hearing in my own home before .
That's a lot of opera for your buck superhorn, good for you