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    Senior Member Involved Member Itullian's Avatar
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    One has to refresh the pallet every so often.

    Listening to Nelsson's Lohengrin now.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    One of my favorites


    And mine!!!
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    One new DVD:



    And one old favourite:



    Gorgeous cantatas:

    Natalie

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    Diggin' it.
    Beautiful playing and recording highlight this Ring.

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    I've been listening to Ravel's operas
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    They're interesting (L'Enfant et les Sortileges moreso imo). Also been listening to Weber's operas which I like very much. Wish there was a dvd or full Youtube video of Oberon, I've really enjoyed everything I've heard from it.
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    I just saw Mariusz Kwiecien as Onegin this past weekend in Eugene Onegin at the Met in New York. I had heard his name, but didn't know his work. Very impressed.

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    I'm watching Walküre from Bayreuth 2010, the one where Brünnhilde looks like a giant, and rather elderly, tomato. It started well, Johan Botha positively animated and ACTING (!!) but he soon got overwhelmed and reverted to singing everything with his eyes glued to the conductor. If you close your eyes he sounds mighty fine though. Lovely voice. His Sieglinde (Edith Haller) was charming, Linda Watson as Brünnhilde struggled gallantly against the costume, and Albert Dohmen as Wotan was more eyecandy than earcandy. I'm glad I hadn't waited ten years for tickets to this one. I'm not even sure I'll make it to the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I just saw Mariusz Kwiecien as Onegin this past weekend in Eugene Onegin at the Met in New York. I had heard his name, but didn't know his work. Very impressed.
    Yes, I've seen him live a couple of times and indeed he is very good.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    thinking of purchasing the remainder of their catalogue...

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    thinking of purchasing the remainder of their catalogue...
    Another immortal night at La Scala in the 1950s, check the amazing climax "coppia iniqua" at 1:10:40 as as Callas accepts her fatal destiny at the hands of the "wicked couple" brava


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    I like the opera, but there are tunes that carry over to I Capuleti et i Montecchi. Katia Ricciarelli has some very good moments in the lower and middle ranges and piano moments of the role, but hits some high notes that were iffy. I wasn't sure about buying it because the opera is considered to be Bellini's only failure, but it's snappy with some lovely music and interesting listening.

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    Thomas Beecham conducted a major revival of M. W. Balfe's "The Bohemian Girl" at Covent Garden in 1951, with 21-year-old Roberta Peters making a triumphant European debut in the title role. One of the performances was broadcast by the BBC. Alas, only a few excerpts from Act III have ever been released on vinyl.

    The following aria comes from the beginning of Act III and was not part of Balfe's original score. It is an interpolation (in English translation) from the four act Paris version, "La Bohémienne." Sadly, a complete recording of the longer Paris version (which, according to Balfe biographer William Tyldesley, is considerably different) is not known to exist.


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    Thanks for the report.

    I'm buying the recording now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I like the opera, but there are tunes that carry over to I Capuleti et i Montecchi...
    I would say "and"

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    ...Katia Ricciarelli...
    "but" fits here. sic

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    Spontini La Vestale on Medici TV, with Andrew Richards (who has restarted his blog, hurray!) and Ermonela Jaho. Good chance to see and hear one of the more obscure works around. This is still available for free viewing at time of writing: clicky

    Hans Heiling. I love Markus Werba after seeing his Beckmesser from Salzburg this year. This has the added bonus of Anna Caterina Antonacci, although after seeing her Cassandra it's a bit hard to buy her as a sweet obedient young thing.



    Also Johan Botha singing Wagner

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