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    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Janacek: Jenufa
    Elisabeth Söderström (Jenufa), Wieslav Ochman (Laca), Eva Randová (Kostelnicka), Petr Dvorsky (Steva), Lucia Popp (Karolka), Marie Mrázová (Stařenka Buryjovka), Václav Zitek (Mill Foreman), Dalibor Jedlicka (Mayor), Ivana Mixová (Mayor's Wife), Vera Soukupová (Herdswoman), Jindra Pokorná (Barena), Jana Jonásová (Jano)
    Wiener Philharmoniker & Wiener Staatsopernchor, Sir Charles Mackerras
    Recorded: Sofiensaal, Vienna, April 1982

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    Intense and dark colours, flavoured with beautiful melodies inspired by Slavonic folk music.
    This was my homework CD before I went to see it. Wonderful recording.
    "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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    Cavalli: Il Giasone
    Michael Chance, Harry Van Der Kamp, Michael Schopper, Catherine Dubosc, Bernard Deletré, Agnčs Mellon, Gloria Banditelli, Dominique Visse, Guy De Mey, Gian Paolo Fagotto
    Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs
    1988

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekrotzar View Post
    I've been curious about Schubert's operas....is this a good one to start with? Why are they (and Haydn's operas too) performed so rarely?
    Fierrabras



    or:

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    Natalie

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    Oh and for Haydn:



    Natalie

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    Someone, somewhere mentioned Alessandrini

    I love the work of Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano, especially where it comes to Monteverdi

    Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
    Monica Piccinini, Anna Simboli (soprano), Sara Mingardo (contralto), Furio Zanasi, Luca Dordoli (tenor) & Sergio Foresti, Antonio Abete (bass)
    Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Recorded February 2007 Accademia di Santa Cecilia

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    I've given up trying to decide what my favourite recording is but this is definitely a contender; the finest interpreters and the finest sound, in a beautifully presented book with interesting essays and pictures

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    PARSIFAAAAALLLLLL

    Which needs more points in the Wagner Game (Almaviva!)
    If you would seek salvation, remember this:
    a life in Hell can still aspire to BLISS.

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    I went with something much less bold, but with a terrific cast, for my walk this morning:


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    However, it's not all that long, so I was still 4 miles from home when it ended. What next, I thought? I went with another rarity that has some extraordinary singing:



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    The one caveat is that the role of Prince Charming, which was written as a trouser role is sung by the great tenor Nicolai Gedda. When Cendrillon was staged by WNO (in the early 1980s, if I remember correctly), the prince was sung to great effect by Tatiana Troyanos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    I bought this one for von Stade, but just didn't like the music, much prefering La Cenerentola by Rossini and von Stade in the Abbado Cenerentola DVD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I bought this one for von Stade, but just didn't like the music, much prefering La Cenerentola by Rossini and von Stade in the Abbado Cenerentola DVD.

    It might be one of those operas one needs to see. Von Stade is wonderful in this. When I saw it, I thought it was sheer magic. Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    It might be one of those operas one needs to see. Von Stade is wonderful in this. When I saw it, I thought it was sheer magic. Go figure.
    Ah yes, I saw you tube clips of her in this and she is wonderful.
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    Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto
    Kristina Hammarström (Cesare), Emanuela Galli (Cleopatra), Mary-Ellen Nesi (Sesto), Irini Karaianni (Cornelia), Romina Basso (Tolomeo), Tassis Christoyannis (Achilla), Petros Magoulas (Curio), Nikos Spanatis (Nireno)
    Orchestra of the Patras (period instruments), George Petrou
    2006

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    Like L'Orfeo, Giulio Cesare is also an opera where the preference of one recording over the other is gradually diminishing

    Petrou, Minkowski, Curtis, Christie (Glyndebourne), maybe slightly less the Jacobs, I like them all. The interpretations may differ but they all work and of course all these are excellent recordings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post

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    The one caveat is that the role of Prince Charming, which was written as a trouser role is sung by the great tenor Nicolai Gedda. When Cendrillon was staged by WNO (in the early 1980s, if I remember correctly), the prince was sung to great effect by Tatiana Troyanos.
    Naturally, this is the recording of Cendrillon that's on my ever-expanding "to buy" list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto
    Kristina Hammarström (Cesare), Emanuela Galli (Cleopatra), Mary-Ellen Nesi (Sesto), Irini Karaianni (Cornelia), Romina Basso (Tolomeo), Tassis Christoyannis (Achilla), Petros Magoulas (Curio), Nikos Spanatis (Nireno)
    Orchestra of the Patras (period instruments), George Petrou
    2006

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    Like L'Orfeo, Giulio Cesare is also an opera where the preference of one recording over the other is gradually diminishing

    Petrou, Minkowski, Curtis, Christie (Glyndebourne), maybe slightly less the Jacobs, I like them all. The interpretations may differ but they all work and of course all these are excellent recordings.
    I was going to borrow this from the library....but the computer told me I have a $51 fine......
    If you would seek salvation, remember this:
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    Handel: Partenope, HWV 27
    An opera in three acts
    Rosemary Joshua (Partenope), Kurt Streit (Emilio), Stephen Wallace (Armindo), Andrew Foster-Williams (Ormonte), Hilary Summers (Rosmira), Lawrence Zazzo (Arsace)
    Early Opera Company, Christian Curnyn
    2004

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    This one I can say it's my favourite recording of this opera

    yes, I only have this one

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