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    Opera Lively Moderator Top Contributor Member Soave_Fanciulla's Avatar
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    Yes, sorry, I was not having a go, just surprised because coincidentally I has just finished listening to her in Mignon and she is so clearly a mezzo and not a soprano. And I do think she is a fine singer.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    The founding members of this forum have a deep love of opera in its many forms and wanted to create an atmosphere where all opinions are respected and valued.
    As long as they agree with mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    The founding members of this forum have a deep love of opera in its many forms and wanted to create an atmosphere where all opinions are respected and valued. Personally I love reading about other people's opera passions even if I don't share them.
    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    As long as they agree with mine.
    And mine

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    "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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    Did someone mention Souliotis?
    Oh gawd... we have to stop talking about opera... this is wreaking havoc on my tiny, tiny brain.

    Oh wait.

    Hang on.

    No. Opera is good.

    Oh jolly good, carry on lads.

    Clayton in much need of further help.



    Donizetti: Anna Bolena
    Elena Souliotis (Anna Bolena), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Enrico VIII), Marilyn Horne (Giovanna Seymour), John Alexander (Lord Riccardo Percy), Janet Coster (Smeton), Stafford Dean (Rochefort), Piero de Palma (Hervey)
    Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Opernorchester
    Silvio Varviso
    Recorded September 1968 & August - September 1969 Sofiensaal, Vienna

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    The total production of this recording is great; cast, performances, orchestra and direction of Varviso.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Did someone mention Souliotis?
    Oh gawd... we have to stop talking about opera... this is wreaking havoc on my tiny, tiny brain.

    Oh wait.

    Hang on.

    No. Opera is good.

    Oh jolly good, carry on lads.

    Clayton in much need of further help.



    Donizetti: Anna Bolena
    Elena Souliotis (Anna Bolena), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Enrico VIII), Marilyn Horne (Giovanna Seymour), John Alexander (Lord Riccardo Percy), Janet Coster (Smeton), Stafford Dean (Rochefort), Piero de Palma (Hervey)
    Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Opernorchester
    Silvio Varviso
    Recorded September 1968 & August - September 1969 Sofiensaal, Vienna

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    The total production of this recording is great; cast, performances, orchestra and direction of Varviso.
    If you do mind; I love you for this post.

    Finally some who dares to speak up For Eleana. Thanks you very much.

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    I'm not used to hearing such early conventions in historically informed performance, although it is interesting to see that this is the first recording of the full opera and it is on period instruments, so early in the history of that trend (1977). The audio engineers, instrumentalists etc. haven't made the sound as brilliant and polished as more recent period instrument recordings (for example, the "clicking" noise of the harpsichord is more prominent than the actual pitches, the violins are sometimes slightly out of tune, the oboes and violins, when playing in unison, might trill at different speeds). The singers, however, certainly seem at ease with improvisatory embellishments and ornaments, vibrato doesn't seem too much, no voice is too heavy and nothing at all is "romanticised." I haven't heard this opera before so I can't compare to any others around, but I must say that I am really enjoying this!

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    This recording is the epitome of 'grand' and sweeping. It absolutely makes my hair stand on end:

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    Yesterday this magnificent recording of Manon Lescaut with one of my all time favourites Freni.

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    Clayton have you listened to this one yet? It's incredibly charming. Best heard really while walking though a crisp pine forest on a snowy winter's day. You never know what you might conjure up.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Clayton have you listened to this one yet? It's incredibly charming. Best heard really while walking though a crisp pine forest on a snowy winter's day. You never know what you might conjure up.
    Yes, it's beautiful. A definite number two following TLOTICOKATMF, with the music taking you away to a lovely fantasy.

    I'll see melting snow in a different light now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    If you do mind; I love you for this post.

    Finally some who dares to speak up For Eleana. Thanks you very much.
    Ha Ha! Dear dear Souliotis has a good representation of fans on OL; see thread Elena Souliotis on the singers forum. This Anna, her Norma and her Nabucco are all part of my opera treasures set. Her Macbeth is not so much my preference but others here are equally in awe of that recording.

    This morning however I am in the company of Jennifer Larmore and Laura Claycomb.

    Pacini: Alessandro nell’Indie
    Bruce Ford (Alessandro), Jennifer Larmore (Poro), Laura Claycomb (Cleofide), Dean Robinson (Timagene), Mark Wilde (Gandarte)
    London Philharmonic Orchestra & Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
    David Parry
    Recorded November 2006, Henry Wood Hall, London

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    Lovely opera (if with some what confused individuals) in the tradition of Italian romantic period. Good performance by Ford, Larmore and Claycomb.

    Other Pacini operas have now been added to wishlist.

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    Checking out this Carmen



    What do people think of this one? There seems to be divided opinion on Jessye Norman in the title role, I don't really know much about that but I like this recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    Checking out this Carmen



    What do people think of this one? There seems to be divided opinion on Jessye Norman in the title role, I don't really know much about that but I like this recording.
    To me it is such a typical thing Philips did because they had Norman and no DDD Carmen in their catalogue.
    Calling on Freni to do MichaŽla (4th time I guess)
    It is more prestige than art.
    For me Troyanos on Decca any day or Price under Karajan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    To me it is such a typical thing Philips did because they had Norman and no DDD Carmen in their catalogue.
    Calling on Freni to do MichaŽla (4th time I guess)
    It is more prestige than art.
    For me Troyanos on Decca any day or Price under Karajan.
    Part of the problem, I suppose, is envisioning Jessye Norman singing the role on stage - and Norman, while a terrifically gifted singer, doesn't capture my imagination as Carmen.

    On the other hand, I saw her sing Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder at the Kennedy Center in the 1980s and Mahler's Kindertotenlieder in London (Barbican Center) around the same time, and was totally blown away. Grace, style, effortless - you name it, the whole package.

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    Conductor: Vittorio Gui
    with Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice di Venizia

    Beatrice: Leyla Gencer
    Orombello: Juan Oncina
    Filippo: Mario Zanasi
    Agese: Antigone Sgourda
    et al.

    (1964)

    Nice recording and nice for a change of pace, but Gencer, while very good, really is no where near as compelling as Sutherland's Beatrice.

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