Addicted to this aria in this particular performance since couple of days:
Tried Kraus and Pavarotti and they didn't even come close (perhaps because they sung with piano accompaniament and in Italian translation).
Och, wait, this comes close:
Madonna — Madonna (1985)
Im'sorry i'm a little tipsy
ETA: i lovr you all
Needed something jolly for Christmas Eve:
Fleming is fantastic and we get the added bonus of Kaufmann as the Italian singer:
Just finished watching that Comte Ory with Florez famous for the fact that he had his child born something like half of hour before the performance. It's one of most stupendous things I ever saw. From all performances with Florez to-be-seen this is the most complete one. It has wonderful cast, all the way: Florez, Damrau and DiDonato, all singing splendidly and looking very apt in their roles (Damrau actually can look beautiful!), magnificent staging, very colourful and lively, also made with interesting concept of theatre-in-theatre, all run by creepy geezer. Cutomes are impressive (even if not always historically correct), especially the armors of knights who leave at the beginning and come back at the end. All of this done with great comic flair.
My not exaggerated rating for this spectacle is 329765240252924284244 / 10.
And this is cult:
After watching Aramis' post on the YouTube thread of the fabulous Ludovic Tezier, I felt compelled to listen to the whole thing & dug out my I Puritani.