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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    What a fabulous line up!
    I think I got this from Arkiv, which is a bit expensive for us in England (freight costs) but I think it was definitely worth it! Though thanks to Gigli13, I am now seriously tempted by some of those other line ups.

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    Depressed by the CD rot yesterday, I decided to cheer myself up by listening to Lucia.

    Cheer myself up by listening to an opera where

    she stabs her husband
    dies of a broken heart
    lover kills himself.

    Yes, opera fans can be wierd.

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    Followed by Don Carlo.

    Politics, persecution, murder...

    yet still we opera fans come away saying Oh that was so good...

    Verdi: Don Carlo
    Five-act version in Italian
    Carlo Bergonzi (Don Carlo), Renata Tebaldi (Elisabetta), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Filippo II), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Rodrigo), Grace Bumbry (Eboli), Martti Talvela (Il Grande Inquisitore)
    Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
    Sir Georg Solti
    Recorded June/July 1965 London Opera Centre

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    What's not to like about la Wally? Switzerland, feisty heroine, revenge, shouty tenor, village gossip, grumpy baritone, mean dad, jolly boy friend, death by avalanche... and of course "Ebben, ne andrò lontana".



    Nathalie Stutzmann is one of those multi-talented artists - not only does she sing the hell out of a lot of rapid fire baroque coloratura in that lovely contralto of hers, but she also conducts her own band, Orfeo 55.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    What's not to like about la Wally? Switzerland, feisty heroine, revenge, shouty tenor, village gossip, grumpy baritone, mean dad, jolly boy friend, death by avalanche... and of course "Ebben, ne andrò lontana".


    An ideal opera to showcase vocal style of Tebaldi, not to be missed in great sound and great cast.
    Nice photo of Renata as La Wally on another live album


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    In between real estate doings (contract amendments, closing scheduling/rescheduling, insurance quotes, inspections, etc):

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    and, this morning, because things are quiet (so far), a treat:

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    Handel: Alcina
    Renée Fleming (Alcina), Susan Graham (Ruggiero), Natalie Dessay (Morgana), Kathleen Kuhlmann (Bradamante), Timothy Robinson (Oronte), Juanita Lascarro (Oberto), Laurent Naouri (Melisso)
    Les Arts Florissants Orchestra & Chorus
    William Christie
    Live recording June 1999 Paris Opera (Palais Garnier)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Handel: Alcina
    Renée Fleming (Alcina), Susan Graham (Ruggiero), Natalie Dessay (Morgana), Kathleen Kuhlmann (Bradamante), Timothy Robinson (Oronte), Juanita Lascarro (Oberto), Laurent Naouri (Melisso)
    Les Arts Florissants Orchestra & Chorus
    William Christie
    Live recording June 1999 Paris Opera (Palais Garnier)




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    I have seen this production, the singing was absolutely amazing but the scene was miserable .
    I am not in to modern settings , I am sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    I have seen this production, the singing was absolutely amazing...
    Oh nice...

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    ...but the scene was miserable...
    Oh that's a shame. An opera lover's misery; going to see an opera they hold so dearly and then being disappointed by a production they feel just was not to their expectation.
    I have only just recently recovered from the shock of over ten years ago of seeing Lucia with mafia and automatic pistols.

    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    I am not in to modern settings , I am sorry.
    Quite. So said and felt Clayton.

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    Whilst I think there is space for modern translations of operas, I prefer the stories told as they were. I like the productions set in the period they were originally told with not only those costumes but in that social/economic/political climate. There are some operas that might be difficult to comprehend which might need some help but on the whole I am not so keen on the contemporary analogies.

    Of course I do think opera needs to march on but we have contemporary composers taking the reigns here composing works with texts and ideas set more in our time and lives.

    ...
    Let's try not to make productions too profound just for the sake of art; the composer and librettist's work needs to be complimented by the stage work, not reworked.
    However, his view changed a bit after seeing Romeo Castellucci's production of Orfeo ed Eurydice at La Monnaie (through streaming service). There is now a lot more room for modern settings in Clayton. Just got to catch one of those special ones that grab your heart...

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    Handel: Faramondo
    Max Emanuel Cencic (Faramondo), Philippe Jaroussky (Adolfo), Sophie Karthäuser (Clotilde), Marina de Liso (Rosimonda), Xavier Sabata (Gernando), Terry Wey (Childerico), In-Sung Sin (Gustavo), Fulvio Bettini (Teobaldo)
    Choeur de la Radio Suisse, Lugano & I Barocchisti
    Diego Fasolis
    Recorded 19-24 October 2008, Radio Svizzera di lingua italiana, Lugano

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    Jaroussky and Sabata step in to sing Adolfo and Gernando where Handel had originally cast a mezzo-soprano and contralto to perform the roles in travesti. A good casting idea.
    Another nutty plot but very beautiful music and very little recitatives.

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    Going through a Rameau phase. This is a good'un.

    Natalie

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    Who can resist this wonderful recording with that stunning voice by Fleming?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    ...Who can resist this wonderful recording with that stunning voice by Fleming?
    momentarily the stoopid prince. but not me.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Wagner: Das Rheingold
    George London (Wotan), Gustav Neidlinger (Alberich), Set Svanholm (Loge), Kirsten Flagstad (Fricka), Claire Watson (Freia), Waldemar Kmentt (Froh), Eberhard Wächter (Donner), Paul Kuen (Mime), Jean Madeira (Erda), Walter Kreppel (Fasolt), Kurt Böhme (Fafner), Oda Balsborg (Woglinde), Hetty Plümacher (Wellgunde), Ira Malaniuk (Flosshilde)
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    Sir Georg Solti
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    Continuing my Verdi journey

    Stiffelio



    For Verdi enthusiasts there's an interesting piece in Wiki about the critical edition following Philip Goss' discoveries.
    "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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    Wagner: Die Walküre
    Birgit Nilsson (Brünnhilde), James King (Siegmund), Régine Crespin (Sieglinde), Hans Hotter (Wotan), Gottlob Frick (Hunding), Christa Ludwig (Fricka)
    Wiener Philharmoniker
    Sir Georg Solti
    Recorded October/November 1965, Sofiensaal, Vienna

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