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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post

    It's hard to top Elisabetta, but I went for it:

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    Today I was listening to various versions of Norma's final aria (deh non volerli vittime) begging her father to not let her innocent children suffer, to grant one final wish to a loving daughter about to die.....there is nothing to compare to Callas here, I have read accounts where the singers on stage were moved to tears during her performances so passionate is Maria's final request......


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    A very good addition to Verdi collection, young Pavarotti is magnificent as king Riccardo (1970 recording) perhaps the very best I have heard sing the part, the knock on this version is an older Tebaldi past her prime....but she still sounds pretty good to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post


    A very good addition to Verdi collection, young Pavarotti is magnificent as king Riccardo (1970 recording) perhaps the very best I have heard sing the part, the knock on this version is an older Tebaldi way past her prime....but she still sounds pretty good to me
    I have added this to my wish list - it will be interesting comparing the Pavarotti of 1970 with the Pavarotti of 1985 (still in good voice and prior to really eccentric behavior setting in), although the earlier recording also includes Sherrill Milnes ...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post

    It's hard to top Elisabetta, but I went for it:

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    I should send a memo to Pristine Classics and let them know the cover photo of their Callas 1955 Norma is actually from her Medea performance La Scala 1961......


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    I should send a memo to Pristine Classics and let them know the cover photo of their Callas 1955 Norma is actually from her Medea performance La Scala 1961......


    They need DA on their advisory board for all things Callas.

    Remind me of this:



    Not Mary Stuart, but Henry VIII's third wife Jane Seymour: not even from the same time period!
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    I always wondered if there are any camels in Cyprus.

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    After a few weeks of nothing but Macbeth, which I've enjoyed very much, it's back on track with my chronological Verdi listening.

    Appropriate and my own little tribute to Carlo Bergonzi.

    "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."
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    After a few weeks of nothing but Macbeth...
    I hope this did not result in unwelcome visits by any spirits. After a few days of nothing but cricket, I woke up to a dream of Vaughany discussing the merits of enforcing the follow on...

    Fast trying to erase this from memory I am starting the day with Pergolesi.

    Pergolesi: L'Olimpiade
    Raffaella Milanesi (Aristea), Ann-Beth Solvang (Argene), Olga Pasichnyk (Megacle), Jennifer Rivera (Licida), Martin Oro (Alcandro), Jeffrey Francis (Clistene), Markus Brutscher (Aminta)
    Academia Montis Regalis,
    Alessandro de Marchi
    Recorded live Innsbruck Festival, Tiroler Landestheater, Aug 6-12, 2010

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    Yesterday was a gorgeous summer day here in DC - warm sun, low humidity and temp around 28C/77F - calling for a glorious opera:

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    Today looks like a bookend of yesterday, so will require something similarly wonderful. This may take a minute ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Yesterday was a gorgeous summer day here in DC - warm sun, low humidity and temp around 28C/77F - calling for a glorious opera:

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    Today looks like a bookend of yesterday, so will require something similarly wonderful. This may take a minute ...
    That is a very desireable Puritiani from 1973 with both Sutherland and Pav in prime voice, male cast is superb, Joan S. is more restrained in mad scence (more upset than truly mad) compared to others but a must have classic for sure in great sound........

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    Thanks to Sospiro these two Gardelli / Verdi CD sets are sitting next to computer in "next to play" pile......look who sings in Foscari (Carreras)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I hope this did not result in unwelcome visits by any spirits. After a few days of nothing but cricket, I woke up to a dream of Vaughany discussing the merits of enforcing the follow on...
    Oh dear

    Are you on Twitter? Vaughany is brilliant. Had a running gag with photos of Tuffers as some sort of Vaughany stalker. Was finally taken away in handcuffs by a couple of real life bobbies. Anyway the stalker is baaaaack!

    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Fast trying to erase this from memory I am starting the day with Pergolesi.

    Pergolesi: L'Olimpiade
    Raffaella Milanesi (Aristea), Ann-Beth Solvang (Argene), Olga Pasichnyk (Megacle), Jennifer Rivera (Licida), Martin Oro (Alcandro), Jeffrey Francis (Clistene), Markus Brutscher (Aminta)
    Academia Montis Regalis,
    Alessandro de Marchi
    Recorded live Innsbruck Festival, Tiroler Landestheater, Aug 6-12, 2010

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    I've got that! Fab isn't it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Yesterday was a gorgeous summer day here in DC - warm sun, low humidity and temp around 28C/77F - calling for a glorious opera:

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    Today looks like a bookend of yesterday, so will require something similarly wonderful. This may take a minute ...
    One of my all time favourites and would definitely be on my Desert Island list.
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Thanks to Sospiro these two Gardelli / Verdi CD sets are sitting next to computer in "next to play" pile......look who sings in Foscari (Carreras)



    I due Foscari was one of the first opera box sets I bought because of my 'Carreras completist' obsession.
    "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."
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    ...Are you on Twitter?...
    No, it sounds too complicated for me.

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    I've got that! Fab isn't it.
    Oh absolutely brilliant; so many beautiful melodies and a good cast.

    I am so glad we did the favourite operas thread. If Mascagnian and Mario hadn't listed this I might not have picked up on it. If we did the list again now this would rank high in my recommendations.

    I also love the label deutsche harmonia mundi. They are recording some very good productions and selling at a very reasonable price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    That is a very desireable Puritiani from 1973 with both Sutherland and Pav in prime voice, male cast is superb, Joan S. is more restrained in mad scence (more upset than truly mad) compared to others but a must have classic for sure in great sound........
    As it turned out, the choice for yesterday's listening was way easier than I thought. All it took was - done an Italian, time for something German, so:

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    Glorious!


    You guys are a bad influence. I had to add that Pergolesi to my now endless wish list.

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