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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Bellini: I Puritani
    Maria Callas (Elvira), Giuseppe di Stefano (Arturo), Rolando Panerai (Riccardo), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Giorgio), Angelo Mercuriali (Bruno), Carlo Forti (Gualtiero Valton), Aurora Cattelani (Enrichetta)
    Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala,
    Tullio Serafin
    Recorded 24-30 March 1953, Basilica di Santa Eufemia, Milano

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    Gluck: Paride ed Elena
    Magdalena Kožená (Paride), Susan Gritton (Elena), Carolyn Sampson (Amore), Gillian Webster (Pallade/Un Trojano);
    Gabrieli Consort and Players
    Paul McCreesh
    Recorded October 2003, All Saints' Church Tooting, London.

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    Detailed synopsis
    Paris: I love you
    Helen: Err.. Okay.
    the end


    But still very pretty.

    It's the way they say it.

    My favourite Gluck.

    (for now)

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    Bartók:
    Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48, Op. 11
    Walter Berry (bass-baritone) & Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano)
    London Symphony Orchestra
    István Kertész
    Recorded 1966 Kingsway Hall, London

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    inTEnse

    and a little bit exhausting.

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    Talk about contrast! Went from one to the other... What different philosophies in string section orchestration, yet both work fine. Two great melodists, one the unyieldingly individualistic stylist, the other the eclectic master of different styles.

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    Never try to teach a pig to sing. You will waste your time and you will annoy the pig.

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    Just love Christoff

    "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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    I went to see Prince Igor from the Met at my local cinema. I was really impressed with the way Tcherniakov had transformed it from an beautiful but episodic collection of set pieces into a coherent dramatic whole. The cast was brilliant and the only fly in the ointment was the endless feeble interviews and intermissions, which seeing as it was not even live could all have been edited out.

    Keeping in the Russian zone:



    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Just love Christoff

    That's been my favorite Faust since I first listened to it, back in the '50s!
    Never try to teach a pig to sing. You will waste your time and you will annoy the pig.

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    Dvorak: Rusalka, Op. 114
    Renée Fleming (Rusalka), Ben Heppner (Prince), Dolora Zajick (Jezibaba), Eva Urbanová (Foreign Princess), Franz Hawalta (Water Goblin)
    Kühn Mixed Choir, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,
    Charles Mackerras
    Recorded Rudolfinum, Prague 28 April - 9 May 1998

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    Beautiful fairytale opera. Renée Fleming so pretty...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I went to see Prince Igor from the Met at my local cinema. I was really impressed with the way Tcherniakov had transformed it from an beautiful but episodic collection of set pieces into a coherent dramatic whole. The cast was brilliant and the only fly in the ointment was the endless feeble interviews and intermissions, which seeing as it was not even live could all have been edited out.

    Keeping in the Russian zone:



    Oooooh ....

    Reaches for the credit card ....
    "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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    April edition of Opera magazine tells me La Calisto performance by Cincinatti Opera this year. A bit too far for me so listened to CD instead.

    Cavalli: La Calisto
    Marcello Lippi (Giove), Simon Keenlyside (Mercurio), Maria Bayo (Calisto), Graham Pushee (Endimione), Alessandro Mantovani (Diana), Gilles Ragon (Linfea), Dominique Visse (Il Satirino/Furia), Barry Banks (Pane), David Pittsinger (Silvano), Sonia Theodoridou (Giunone), Judith Vindevogel (Furia)
    Concerto Vocale,
    René Jacobs
    Recorded August 1994 Studio de la Deutschlandfunk (Köln)

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    Well that was a riot. Beautiful singing - another triumphant Rossini tenor in Javier Camarena - and very funny production.



    If anyone wants to be convinced of the combined beauty of Handel and the counter-tenor voice they should get this. Simply stunning.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    ...
    If anyone wants to be convinced of the combined beauty of Handel and the counter-tenor voice...
    I think my first listening of counter-tenor was Filippo Mineccia (Tolomeo) in Giulio Cesare. The first reaction was
    oh
    after 3 notes it was
    OH!
    gimme more.
    If I did not have a shopping list longer than 12 ink ribbons, I would add his alto arias cd to my wish list.

    ...


    This morning;

    Britten: The Turn of the Screw
    Peter Pears (Prologue/Quint), Jennifer Vyvyan (Governess), Joan Cross (Mrs Grose), Olive Dyer (Flora), David Hemmings (Miles), Arda Mandikian (Miss Jessel)
    English Opera Group,
    Benjamin Britten
    Recorded 1954 (where? I should be able to remember from the film if I had a half decent memory)

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    Verdi: Jérusalem
    Marcello Giordani (Gaston), Philippe Rouillon (Le comte de Toulouse), Roberto Scandiuzzi (Roger), Daniel Borowski (Ademar), Simon Edwards (Raymond), Marina Mescheriakova (Hélène), Hélène Le Corre (Isaure), Wolfgang Barta (Un soldat), Slobodan Stankovic (Un Héraut/L'Émir de Ramla), Jovo Reljin (Un officier de l'Émir)
    Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Le Choeur du Grand Théâtre de Genève,
    Fabio Luisi

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    Lovely opera but something missing from this recording.

    Wanted: Recording of Jérusalem.
    Must be ready to start straight away.
    References a must.
    Must be passionate.
    Pay negotiable according to qualifications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    April edition of Opera magazine tells me La Calisto performance by Cincinatti Opera this year. A bit too far for me so listened to CD instead.

    Cavalli: La Calisto
    Marcello Lippi (Giove), Simon Keenlyside (Mercurio), Maria Bayo (Calisto), Graham Pushee (Endimione), Alessandro Mantovani (Diana), Gilles Ragon (Linfea), Dominique Visse (Il Satirino/Furia), Barry Banks (Pane), David Pittsinger (Silvano), Sonia Theodoridou (Giunone), Judith Vindevogel (Furia)
    Concerto Vocale,
    René Jacobs
    Recorded August 1994 Studio de la Deutschlandfunk (Köln)

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    I have the video version of this production, with a similar but not identical cast (no Simon Keenlyside, unfortunately). I've been watching it to develop some familiarity with it before this summer's performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Verdi: Jérusalem
    Marcello Giordani (Gaston), Philippe Rouillon (Le comte de Toulouse), Roberto Scandiuzzi (Roger), Daniel Borowski (Ademar), Simon Edwards (Raymond), Marina Mescheriakova (Hélène), Hélène Le Corre (Isaure), Wolfgang Barta (Un soldat), Slobodan Stankovic (Un Héraut/L'Émir de Ramla), Jovo Reljin (Un officier de l'Émir)
    Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Le Choeur du Grand Théâtre de Genève,
    Fabio Luisi

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    Lovely opera but something missing from this recording.

    Wanted: Recording of Jérusalem.
    Must be ready to start straight away.
    References a must.
    Must be passionate.
    Pay negotiable according to qualifications.
    You lost me at Marcello Giordani.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I think my first listening of counter-tenor was Filippo Mineccia (Tolomeo) in Giulio Cesare. The first reaction was
    oh
    after 3 notes it was
    OH!
    gimme more.
    If I did not have a shopping list longer than 12 ink ribbons, I would add his alto arias cd to my wish list.
    Filippo Mineccia is pretty cool and I have his alto arias, but Iestyn Davies has the voice of an angel. When your list subsides I'd go for the Handel.
    Natalie

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