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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    And tonight we just finished watching that absolutely wonderful opera gala from Baden Baden with Netrebko, Garanca, Vargas and Tezier. If there's a better concert gala on disc, I'd be amazed. (With a very inexpensive yet yummy wine from CA called Menage a Trois. No comments, please; we entertained no guests)
    Oh yes. Anna at her sexiest...



    If you read our interview with maestro Armiliato, you'll see a reference to this occasion, which is pretty funny... Read what we discussed, and then watch again what maestro does at 3:24 for some three seconds...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    And tonight we just finished watching that absolutely wonderful opera gala from Baden Baden with Netrebko, Garanca, Vargas and Tezier. If there's a better concert gala on disc, I'd be amazed. (With a very inexpensive yet yummy wine from CA called Menage a Trois. No comments, please; we entertained no guests)
    You are lucky to have someone to share your enthusiasm and pleasure with!
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    I am so NOT going to post what first came to mind! But you are right in so many ways, ma'am.

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    Having a bit of a Tristan extravaganza since my "conversion" a few weeks ago. How could I ever have thought it was disjointed noise? was I deaf?



    Natalie

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    And in honour of der boy I went to see last week:





    You know it's funny, I'm quite happy with a series of arias from different operas on disc, but I found the experience of listening to them in a concert hall rather unsatisfying. It brought home to me that for me opera is most definitely NOT pure music; I need the context of the dramatic development and the characters and libretto to get the full emotional impact. Even der Jonas with his unparalleled story-telling abilities couldn't quite move me, except for his aria from La Forza del Destino and that's really only because I had been watching the production with him and Harteros the previous night.

    If there ever is a next time I sincerely hope he does a lieder cycle. Winterreise would be perfect.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    ...I found the experience of listening to them in a concert hall rather unsatisfying. It brought home to me that for me opera is most definitely NOT pure music; I need the context of the dramatic development and the characters and libretto to get the full emotional impact...
    I struggle to comprehend the music in the aria CDs. There are so many singers that I can't get enough of but I have not bought the CDs as I know I will just get lost...

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    Tonight was Romeo et Juillette with the bodacious and superbly talented Nino Machaidze and the ... energetic Rolando Villazon. We watched the first half with a nice merlot and will do part two tomorrow

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    I am very excited about receiving the Minkowski Giulio Cesare recording. I would wish to advance one week in time so that I could listen to it straight away, if it were not for the fact that I would suddenly be a week older with nothing otherwise gained.

    In the meantime I go back to the brilliant, brilliant Curtis recording for this morning.

    Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto
    Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Giulio Cesare), Karina Gauvin (Cleopatra), Romina Basso (Cornelia), Emoke Barath (Sesto), Filippo Mineccia (Tolomeo), Johannes Weisser (Achilla), Milena Storti (Nireno), Gianluca Buratto (Curio)
    Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis
    Recorded November 2011 Lonigo, Italy

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    I love the cover design. This piece is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, gigantic in more than one sense. If I had realized that before, I would have like to have seen it if it was on display when I was last there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    Tonight was Romeo et Juillette with the bodacious and superbly talented Nino Machaidze and the ... energetic Rolando Villazon. We watched the first half with a nice merlot and will do part two tomorrow
    This was my introduction to Nino what a great performance and very good production to showcase her talents, vocally she reminds me of Netrebko with the big warm amber toned voice. Have not heard much from her lately, most recently saw her in excellent Rigoletto video from Tutto Verdi series





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    To me, both are the best of the available performances. I am surprised that the boardmeister has not latched onto Machaidze, though. His oft stated appreciation for the extra musical attributes of Anna should have him glued to the screen when Juliet bounces about.

    I, myself, tend to ignore such things. For me, it's all about the music.

    (yeah ...right ... )

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    To me, both are the best of the available performances. I am surprised that the boardmeister has not latched onto Machaidze, though. His oft stated appreciation for the extra musical attributes of Anna should have him glued to the screen when Juliet bounces about.

    I, myself, tend to ignore such things. For me, it's all about the music.

    (yeah ...right ... )
    Well, yes, I have paid some attention to Ms. Machaidze's cough cough assets cough cough, but I haven't had the pleasure of meeting her in person or interviewing her... or even just watching her live. I'm sure this situation will be corrected at some point in the future.

    Due to an exceptionally busy period in my day job with some administrative duties that are finally over, I took a big break from my Opera Lively journalistic duties (didn't do anything after Isabel Leonard and I'm badly behind in releasing the two next Opera Lively books - volume 2 of the interviews series, and volume 2 of the Guides series which will be about contemporary opera Written on Skin).

    I've been procrastinating... but I'm slowly getting back to it, now that finally I passed the baton of the administrative part of my day job. My next goals regarding these exceptional ladies with great voices and some other cough cough assets cough cough, are Elina Garanca and Kristine Opolais. I'll soon send out interview requests since I'll be seeing them live at the Met. One never knows if the requests will be accepted (although lately most of them have been) so let's cross our fingers. Once this next batch is done, then I'll see what I can do about Ms. Machaidze.

    PS - I posted the above before even clicking on DA's video clip. Now I did and... oh my! Where is my hypertension medication? No, seriously, not only Nino is extremely beautiful, but this performance, no kidding, qualifies as the best "Je veux vivre" I've ever heard. What incredible power and precise modulation! She doesn't lose power in any region of her register. This is outstanding.

    And yes, even though I joke endlessly about the cough cough assets cough cough, the voice is still the main point and hers is simply sublime!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    And tonight we just finished watching that absolutely wonderful opera gala from Baden Baden with Netrebko, Garanca, Vargas and Tezier. If there's a better concert gala on disc, I'd be amazed. (With a very inexpensive yet yummy wine from CA called Menage a Trois. No comments, please; we entertained no guests)
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    You are lucky to have someone to share your enthusiasm and pleasure with!
    Yep! That's why I love OperaLively, it's so great to be able to share my enthusiasm with like minded people.
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    Exploring another clip by Ms. Machaidze:



    Fabulous, emotional, sensual acting. What an artist!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Continuing the Verdi journey with my second favourite pirate story

    Gardelli once again on top form

    "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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    Another one. Beautiful timbre.



    According to her website, next she'll be in La Traviata for LA Opera on September 13, and also 17, 23, 26, 28. Too far for me. I kind of have some sort of prejudice against LA. I don't like to visit LA.

    She skips October, then she is doing the title role in Luisa Miller in late November / early December in Hamburg, then La Comtessa di Folleville in Il Viaggio a Reims in January in Amsterdam. Again, she skips February, and works in March in Il Turco in Italia in Torino.

    Yes, weird, she doesn't seem to be very busy. I wonder why. She alternates a performance with a whole month off. Most likely she wants time with family or something.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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