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    This is absoluetly superb opera and is represented by that (and others) superb recorings. Now somebody explain me why it's so underrated. Lenght argument doesn't count, it doesn't work with Wagner and neither it does here. There are no hole-fillers, only tons of beautiful, accomplished, mature music of Rossini with which he gained redemption for all generic, uninspired and empty masses of music he used to produce in breaks between his good music and his masterpieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne of Green Gables View Post
    This is absoluetly superb opera and is represented by that (and others) superb recorings. Now somebody explain me why it's so underrated. Lenght argument doesn't count, it doesn't work with Wagner and neither it does here. There are no hole-fillers, only tons of beautiful, accomplished, mature music of Rossini with which he gained redemption for all generic, uninspired and empty masses of music he used to produce in breaks between his good music and his masterpieces.
    ... the overture, must be his best.

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    This is a fairy tale in the same way that Tosca is a chick-flick. The action is updated but the allegorical aspects still come over. Jonas is ably partnered by Isabel Rey and the usual Zürich suspects (Widmer, Nikiteanu) do a good supporting act.



    Robert Wilson's stylised gestures and tableaux vivants work really well with L'Orfeo. And of course it has Roberta Invernizzi as Euridice. Resonant ad beautiful.



    If I hadn't known better I'd have thought this was Rossini. The best thing about this is José Carreras. I'm certainly intrigued to see the DVD that's just come out.

    Natalie

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    Medici TV's Pelléas et Mélisande from Paris Opera, directed again by Robert Wilson. Another good match to this delicate and mysterious opera which I am beginning to love. It's like bathing in moonlight.

    Natalie

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    Specifically, the Parsifal in this set.

    If you're a Parsifalian or a Waltraud Meier fan, get these two recordings now.

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    A concert with the Gothenburg opera orchestra yesterday.

    The program was:
    Rossini: Overture from The thieving magpie
    Bellini: Overture frim Il pirata
    Donizetti: “O mio Fernando”, Leonoras aria from La Favorita
    Donizetti: Ballabili (ballet music) from La Favorita
    Rossini: Overture from Semiramis
    Rossini: ”Qui est homo”, duet from Stabat Mater

    Bellini: Overture from Norma
    Donizetti: Overture from Don Pasquale
    Donizetti: "O luce di quest' anima", Lindas aria from Linda di Chamounix
    Bellini: Overture from Beatrice di Tenda
    Rossini: Overture from Wilhelm Tell
    Rossini: ”Fiero incontro”, duet fom Tancredi

    As you probably already have guessed the theme of the evening was Bel Canto. Of the instrumental pieces Rossinis really stand out. I find his music more fun to listen to than Bellini and Donizetti. There is something about a Rossini Overture that gets me going. Probably the Rossini crecendos...

    But there where some singing too. We where at the opera after all. The two singers was Katarina Karnéus and, a singer that I know Axel has heard about, Mari Eriksmoen. Katarina was good but Mari was better. I was very impressed by her. I even wonder if she shouldn't be on the Young singers to watch list. She is after all only 29. Her O luce di quest' anima was absolutely beautiful and she got the biggest applause of the evening.
    Be wewy wewy quiet. I'm listening to opewa....

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    Sounds like a really fun concert! And yes, Mari Eriksmoen is great!
    I'm seeing her do the Poulenc Gloria and Carmina Burana in a few weeks. And her Adele at the opera in December.

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    Samson et Dalila and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Samson is Palestinian and Dalila Israeli. So you can imagine that the libretto makes no sense at all in this context. And I never want to hear Torsten Kerl nasalise another note.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    Looks good, but for the love of God, who proofreads these things?

    I mean, come on, it's just embarrassing that they misspelled "Medea"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Looks good, but for the love of God, who proofreads these things?

    I mean, come on, it's just embarrassing that they misspelled "Medea"!
    Hello, "Amofrtas"

    I see you like to joke araund... there is no mispelling... it's opera called Edmea by A. Catalani from 1886... opera from 1886, not Catalani... Catalani is from 1854... hehe... see I can joke araund too... but in good taste,... so,... for your information I just "said" (on the web we write but sometimes we say we "said" something...")

    I send my regards "Amofrtas"...
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    I recommend you listen Catalani... not only undramatic reneissances like I see you like people here...

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