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    Opera Lively Staff Member Top Contributor Member Hoffmann's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    To get me through work I've been procrastinating for days...


    That's a pretty wonderful recording - it's gotten me through many days when I had no interest in walking further than the nearest Haagen Daz' shop (which is, roughly speaking, across the street)...

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    I'm continuing to work my way through that box of recordings I bought several weeks ago. This one, even with its largely unknown cast, has some very good moments, but really isn't close to being in Handel's league.

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    Today I learned three things:
    1. I really dislike Royal mail (turning a letter into a parcel halfway through it being posted meaning I have to collect it from a depot a 45 minute walk outside of Falmouth on a desolate industrial estate)
    2. I really really dislike First bus (Bus comes one every three hours near said industrial estate and then fails to show up at all on the time its scheduled to be there not to mention my excursions last week due to their depots similarly desolate location 2 minutes from the Royal mail one...)
    3. I really really really love Rigoletto for allowing me to get through the day without screaming (I managed to listen to my fave version in full as I'm also preparing for a small Christmas party later for some friends)

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    As ever it proved to me why it remains my favourite Opera combining as it has all the great elements necessary for near perfection.
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    I really really really love Rigoletto for allowing me to get through the day without screaming
    I wish Rigoletto would stop me from screaming. You should see me singing along to Caro nome.

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    Probably me favourite Rheingold.


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    He he! I started yesterday listening to this... just started act 3 on Die Walkure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    I wish Rigoletto would stop me from screaming. You should see me singing along to Caro nome.
    I myself can never stop singing along to Si vendetta tremenda vendetta at the end of act 2. Rigoletto is full of ridiculously catchy tunes (I'd argue it has the most well known opera aria of all time and it has 2 or 3 other pieces most people recognize instantly) which is one of the primary reasons its my favourite Verdi Opera and quite probably my favourite opera overall.
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    Today I learned three things:
    1. I really dislike Royal mail (turning a letter into a parcel halfway through it being posted meaning I have to collect it from a depot a 45 minute walk outside of Falmouth on a desolate industrial estate)
    2. I really really dislike First bus (Bus comes one every three hours near said industrial estate and then fails to show up at all on the time its scheduled to be there not to mention my excursions last week due to their depots similarly desolate location 2 minutes from the Royal mail one...)
    I have every sympathy for you. If I miss a delivery by DHL I'd have to get a train, then a bus, then walk to an industrial estate to collect it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    3. I really really really love Rigoletto for allowing me to get through the day without screaming (I managed to listen to my fave version in full as I'm also preparing for a small Christmas party later for some friends)

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    As ever it proved to me why it remains my favourite Opera combining as it has all the great elements necessary for near perfection.


    A few years ago I had problems at work and it was listening to opera which saw me through the bad times. I used to leave my office angry and upset, then I'd plug in to my favourite opera and my head would be filled with glorious sound and by the time I got home, I'd be feeling a whole lot better.

    Hope your party went well.
    "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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    I am the parcel depot! I take the deliveries for both immediate neighbours which can sometimes be three or four each...

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    oh yes


    and I'm listening to Siegfried


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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Hope your party went well.
    It went brilliant. So brilliantly in fact that I was so exhausted by the end of the night (It was meant to stop at 11 30 it went on to quarter to 1) that although my alarm woke me up (Or Co' Dadi from Il trovatore a particularly evil one to be woken up by) I called my friend to say that the cumulative effects of not enough sleep meant I couldn't attend the one 10am lecture I had today.
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    It went brilliant. So brilliantly in fact that I was so exhausted by the end of the night (It was meant to stop at 11 30 it went on to quarter to 1) that although my alarm woke me up (Or Co' Dadi from Il trovatore a particularly evil one to be woken up by) I called my friend to say that the cumulative effects of not enough sleep meant I couldn't attend the one 10am lecture I had today.
    I seem to recall that parties on school nights were a bad idea...


    Oh, and last night:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I seem to recall that parties on school nights were a bad idea...


    Oh, and last night:


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    Of SO funny...

    The wife is in London shopping so this just went on


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    that can be heard by the Holy Roman Empire!

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    The wife is in London shopping so this just went on


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    that can be heard by the Holy Roman Empire!

    Yeah, it kind of demands it.

    I did the same and was afraid the condo board was going to shut me down.

    My building runs something like a soviet commune, so everybody knows to stay well-behaved.

    I'm sure, however, there has to be an exception in the by-laws (somewhere) for opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Today I was at home sick . . .
    Yes, do feel better soon!

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