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    I loved this! It has a unique sound - quite different, I think, from the Solti and Krips that I own. The recording is almost a romp - very high-spirited and the voices are terrific.

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    Macbeth
    Anna Netrebko, Rene Pape, Zeljko Lucic, Joseph Calleja

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    Massenet: Manon .
    Renée Fleming and Marcelo Alvarez.
    No idea if it's still available

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    Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide
    Jose van Dam (Agamemnon), Anne Sofie von Otter (Clytemnestra), Lynne Dawson (Iphigenie), Bernard Deletré (Patrocle), John Aler (Achille), Gilles Cachemaille (Calchas), René Schirrer (Arcas), Guillemette Laurens (Diane), Ann Monoyios (First Greek Lady/Slave), Isabelle Eschenbrenner (Second Greek Lady)
    Monteverdi Choir & Orchestre De L’Opera de Lyon
    John Eliot Gardiner
    Recorded July 1987, Opéra de Lyon

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    I am not familiar with the Wagner edition (yet) but Gluck fans should come here.

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    I caved and started subscribing to Spotify, started my new relationship with

    Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice
    Shirley Verrett (Orfeo), Anna Moffo (Euridice), Judith Raskin (Amor)
    I Virtuosi di Roma, Renato Fasano
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    Nice lingering pace dials up tenderness and 34 year old Verrett has a voice that expresses the pain and love.

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    still honeymoon period with streaming; so many records to choose from...

    Handel: Orlando
    Bejun Mehta (Orlando), Sophie Karthäuser (Angelica), Kristina Hammarström (Medoro), Sunhae Im (Dorinda), Konstantin Wolff (Zoroastro)
    B'Rock Orchestra, René Jacobs
    2014

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    An excellent collection of voices (just another way of saying "great cast")

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    I've been listening to two at once these past couple of days: "I Puritani," starring the incomparable Maria Callas, and "Il Trovatore," starring the incomparable Maria Callas! Ha, ha! Her voice is the only one I want to hear in the soprano lead of these operas. There's so much to love about her earth- shattering range, for instance the ear- cutting top, the silver shine on the dark feathers of the trills, the chilling bottom. I can't get enough. I think my brain has been infested by Callas worms! Ha, ha!

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    I don't know Monteverdi very well and need to do homework before I see the two concerts in Bucharest. But the trip is costing the proverbial arm and leg so to save money I decided to buy only ONE version of Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, and watch/listen to others on YouTube.




    So how come this plopped on my doormat today and why is it currently playing on my CD player?



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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I don't know Monteverdi very well and need to do homework before I see the two concerts Bucharest. But the trip is costing the proverbial arm and leg so to save money I decided to buy only ONE version of Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, and watch/listen to others on YouTube.




    So how come this plopped on my doormat today and why is it currently playing on my CD player?



    Answers on a postcard ...........
    I know how that goes... I'm thinking I have to save some money so I can travel to see opera, but then that means not buying opera, and the equation seems out of balance. So, I buy some opera, then travel to see opera, then the equation goes wildly out of balance; so I stop traveling, I stop buying and the equation goes wildly out of balance... I must be doing something wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I know how that goes... I'm thinking I have to save some money so I can travel to see opera, but then that means not buying opera, and the equation seems out of balance. So, I buy some opera, then travel to see opera, then the equation goes wildly out of balance; so I stop traveling, I stop buying and the equation goes wildly out of balance... I must be doing something wrong.
    Put those thoughts out of your mind!!!!!
    "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 L. Venskaye View Post
    I've been listening to two at once these past couple of days: "I Puritani," starring the incomparable Maria Callas, and "Il Trovatore," starring the incomparable Maria Callas! Ha, ha! Her voice is the only one I want to hear in the soprano lead of these operas. There's so much to love about her earth- shattering range, for instance the ear- cutting top, the silver shine on the dark feathers of the trills, the chilling bottom. I can't get enough. I think my brain has been infested by Callas worms! Ha, ha!
    Welcome to Opera Lively! You'll see here Dark Angel, another big Callas fan.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I know how that goes... I'm thinking I have to save some money so I can travel to see opera, but then that means not buying opera, and the equation seems out of balance. So, I buy some opera, then travel to see opera, then the equation goes wildly out of balance; so I stop traveling, I stop buying and the equation goes wildly out of balance... I must be doing something wrong.
    Cease and desist, my friend. There is no saving money when you're a committed opera fan. Just be content in becoming poor but fulfilled with all the opera!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Verdi: Macbeth
    Sherrill Milnes (Macbeth), Fiorenza Cossotto (Lady Macbeth), Jose Carreras (Macduff), Ruggero Raimondi (Banco), Giuliano Bernardi (Malcolm), Maria Borgato (Dama), Carlo Del Bosco (Medico)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Cease and desist, my friend. There is no saving money when you're a committed opera fan. Just be content in becoming poor but fulfilled with all the opera!
    You're right.

    So, after contemplating your post, I took your advice to heart and went and bought a new recording of Armida (Rossini's)! I am listening to the one I have,



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    but had to have the one by Renee Fleming:



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