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    My brand-y new Norma recording with Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne was recorded in 1965 when both voices were relatively youthful. Sutherland is excellent (though doesn't threaten Callas' supremacy in the role), but Marilyn Horne's Adalgisa is a revelation. The blending of the two voices is really extraordinary. I also like John Alexander's Pollione, the role which typically suffers both in recordings and stagings.

    I highly recommend it!


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    Rameau: Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour, ou Les Dieux d'Égypte
    World Premiere Recording
    Carolyn Sampson, Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Blandine Staskiewicz (sopranos), Jennifer Borghi (alto), Reinoud Van Mechelen, Mathias Vidal (countertenors), Tassis Christoyannis, Alain Buet (basses)
    Le Concert Spirituel
    Hervé Niquet
    Recorded 13 and 14 February 2014, at the Opéra royal du Château de Versailles


    I would like to go to the Opéra royal du Château de Versailles

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    Prices EUR 45 - 140

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    How did you like the opera? Opera Lafayette staged it here in October, but it was much more of a dance spectacle (they used 3 separate dance companies, each with a different expertise). I enjoyed the production - the singing was quite good, but it was difficult for me to develop a strong sense of the opera as a whole, so I didn't review it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    How did you like the opera? Opera Lafayette staged it here in October, but it was much more of a dance spectacle (they used 3 separate dance companies, each with a different expertise). I enjoyed the production - the singing was quite good, but it was difficult for me to develop a strong sense of the opera as a whole, so I didn't review it.
    Yes the opéra-ballets are a different, less story and not so much development and exploration of characters than an opera. I thought Les Indes Galantes was pretty before but since seeing the DVD (collective groan from forum readers; Oh here he goes again...) I am seeing these opéra-ballets in a different light, more just a gay and uplifting show. More of a jewel box with lots of pretty trinkets... inside...

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    Rameau: Les Surprises de l'Amour
    Virginie Pochon, Caroline Mutel, Amel Brahim-Djeloul (sopranos), Karine Deshayes (mezzo-soprano), Anders Dahlin (tenor), Pierre-Yves Pruvot, Jean-Sébastien Bou (baritones)
    Les Nouveaux Caractères,
    Sébastien d’Hérin
    Recorded 8-14 March 2013 Espace du Tonkin, Villeurbanne, France

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    Rossini: La Cenerentola
    Teresa Berganza (Cenerentola), Luigi Alva (Ramiro), Renato Capecchi (Dandini), Paolo Montarsolo (Don Magnifico)
    Scottish Opera Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra
    Claudio Abbado
    Recorded George Watson College, Edinburgh September 1971

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    Rossini: La donna del lago
    Carmen Giannattasio (Elena), Kenneth Tarver (Uberto/Giacomo), Patricia Bardon (Malcolm), Gregory Kunde (Rodrigo di Dhu), Robert Gleadow (Douglas d'Angus), Francesca Sassu (Albina), Mark Wilde (Serano/Bertram)
    Edinburgh Festival Chorus & Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Maurizio Benini
    Live recording 18 August 2006. Usher Hall Edinburgh

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    A pretty good recording, but not great. However, with some of the Rossini operas we have to be happy they were recorded at all. Armida is a wonderful opera, so I'm looking forward to watching my Met Opera DVD with Renee Fleming (if and when it ever gets here)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    A pretty good recording, but not great. However, with some of the Rossini operas we have to be happy they were recorded at all. Armida is a wonderful opera, so I'm looking forward to watching my Met Opera DVD with Renee Fleming (if and when it ever gets here)...
    That one is a truly excellent DVD in my opinion. Lots of fun! Renée is extremely good in it, both in acting and singing. We get Larry Brownlee too, and the Met ballet corps does some interesting things.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
    Maria Callas (Rosina), Tito Gobbi (Figaro), Luigi Alva (Almaviva), Fritz Ollendorf (Bartolo), Nicola Zaccaria (Basilio), Gabriella Carturan (Berta), Mario Carlin (Fiorello)
    Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus
    Alceo Galliera
    Recorded 7-14 February 1957, Kingsway Hall London

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
    Maria Callas (Rosina), Tito Gobbi (Figaro), Luigi Alva (Almaviva), Fritz Ollendorf (Bartolo), Nicola Zaccaria (Basilio), Gabriella Carturan (Berta), Mario Carlin (Fiorello)
    Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus
    Alceo Galliera
    Recorded 7-14 February 1957, Kingsway Hall London

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    In case there are any doubts that Maria can amaze us with the Rosina role listen to her tear it up with Gobbi in the famous duet: "Dunque io son!"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLoC...yer_detailpage

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
    Maria Callas (Rosina), Tito Gobbi (Figaro), Luigi Alva (Almaviva), Fritz Ollendorf (Bartolo), Nicola Zaccaria (Basilio), Gabriella Carturan (Berta), Mario Carlin (Fiorello)
    Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus
    Alceo Galliera
    Recorded 7-14 February 1957, Kingsway Hall London

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    That is one of my favoritist (sic) of all favorites! Close to being a reference recording, if ever there was one. How anyone could not fall in love with Maria after listening to this, I'll never know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    That is one of my favoritist (sic) of all favorites! Close to being a reference recording, if ever there was one. How anyone could not fall in love with Maria after listening to this, I'll never know.
    and fall in love with the opera

    I had previously only heard the Ralf Weikert recording with Edita Gruberová and Juan Diego Flórez and liked the recording for the two singing gloriously but now I get the opera and I love it.

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    Rossini: Il Turco in Italia

    Maria Callas (Donna Fiorilla), Nicolai Gedda (Don Narciso), Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Selim), Jolanda Gardino (Zaida), Franco Calabrese (Don Geronio), Mariano Stabile (Il poeta Prosdocimo), Piero De Palma (Albazar)
    Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala Milan
    Gianandrea Gavazzeni
    Recorded August, September 1954, Teatro all Scala, Milan

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    The Rossini operas above are all available on DVD, most in blu ray, in VERY entertaining performances. When I was first experiencing opera, other than Il Barbiere, Rossini was not performed. I am immensely delighted that the bel canto renaissance has permitted me to see and hear these excellent works.

    As a point of trivia, if Richard Osborne in his work on Rossini is correct, the two most popular composers at the time Rossini was composing opera were Rossini and ... Beethoven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    The Rossini operas above are all available on DVD, most in blu ray, in VERY entertaining performances. When I was first experiencing opera, other than Il Barbiere, Rossini was not performed. I am immensely delighted that the bel canto renaissance has permitted me to see and hear these excellent works.

    As a point of trivia, if Richard Osborne in his work on Rossini is correct, the two most popular composers at the time Rossini was composing opera were Rossini and ... Beethoven.
    Yup. Giulio Radichi, the tenor who sang Florestan at the premiere of the 1814 final version of Fidelo, also sang roles in Rossini's operas.

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    Handel: Ezio, HWV29
    Sonia Prina (Valentiniano), Ann Hallenberg (Ezio), Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani (Massimo), Karina Gauvin (Fulvia), Marianne Andersen (Onoria), Vito Priante (Varo)
    Il Complesso Barocco
    Alan Curtis
    Recorded September 2008, Teatro Comunale di Lonigo

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    and then I'm back to Handel

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