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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Wow! Have a great trip! Are you just visiting Poland, or are you planning other stops? Any other performances?
    Just Warsaw this time but I'll be looking to see what's on in Kraków and Wrocław next season. The cost of living is much lower in Poland that in UK and everything is cheaper. Top price tickets in Warsaw Opera House are £40.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Me too! It's on right now. Great music.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Povero Buoso View Post
    Have been busy holidaying and graduating so have not had a day to watch any new opera yet. Hope to rectify this come next week. However, more journey time = more opera time and a few days ago travelling meant I listened to some operas I possess which are comparatively underplayed.
    Still like this a lot but it tends to be one that needs a full listen rather than dipping in hence its lack of play
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    This one has been listened to even less (much to my shame I think it's only my second time listening to it in full I think?)
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    I like Simon Boccanegra. I like it a lot more than Aida for certain (need to re-listen to Nabucco but probably more than that as well. I know for a fact I like Don Carlos more even though I have yet to carve out the time to listen to my recording of that in full). Well worth a listen for a change from the usual.

    Throughout the holiday on various drives I have listened to excerpts of this again...
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    Much like Un Ballo In Maschera repeat listenings of Il Trovatore are warranted as there are lots of jewels hidden throughout the opera and very few dull or lifeless passages like my favourite other two Verdi. It took me nearly a year to come close to thinking I might know what Trovatore can offer and it is perhaps not as instantly likable as La Traviata was for me but its balance of voices (good parts for all four main voice types, a great opening led by the bass plus awesome chorus scenes) and the glorious melodies mean it's now tying with Un Ballo in Maschera and Rigoletto in a three way duel for favourite Verdi (I still love La Traviata though. Its just the third act never grabs me... )


    Travelling is a great opportunity to listen to opera.

    Hope you're enjoying your free time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Me too! It's on right now. Great music.
    Seems like the only readily available recording of Le Cid. Fortunately it is a great recording. Such a beautiful opera! I have a DVD also, with Placido, but the leading lady in that does not look the part. (In the Charleton Heston El Cid movie, the leading lady definitely looks the part.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Seems like the only readily available recording of Le Cid. Fortunately it is a great recording. Such a beautiful opera! I have a DVD also, with Placido, but the leading lady in that does not look the part. (In the Charleton Heston El Cid movie, the leading lady definitely looks the part.)
    That's an opera I don't know. From Massenet I know Manon, Thaïs, Werther, Cléopâtre, Le Roi de Lahore, Don Quichotte, and Cendrillon but not El Cid. I look forward to discovering it.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    How strange Le Cid seems to have been very popular in Paris before disappearing and falling into relative obscurity. Anyway today was the long drive back from Dublin with my family (i wasn't driving). I decided to continue my recent Verdi Splurge and listen to this again.
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    Not heard it in full for a while I still love it as much. A great balance of voice types with even the minor bass roles of Tom and Sam having some real meat to dig their teeth into during the end of act 2 and throughout act three. Then because the drive was a very long one I though I might have time for this

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    I timed listening to the two exactly right as with the combined journey to the port and from the port the two operas slotted in perfectly with no time for another. Don Carlo is not among my favorite of favourites but is miles ahead of Aida and Nabucco as well as a more captivating listen than Boccanegra (I might be being unfair to poor Nabucco so will try and re-listen to that as well and I also might try banging my head against the wall again and see if Aida can be salvaged as it seems to be so popular yet fails to click with me so utterly in comparison to the others I have seen which were are all in a similar period of development). I must agree in some part with what was said somewhere else on the site by Luiz about the Fontainebleau act 1. Its music is nice enough and an enjoyable listen but in comparison to what follows pales slightly and is a lot more meandering and sentimental. What makes Don Carlo such great fun in the other four acts is not only is the music excellent but the libretto and plot are one of the strongest and deal with much deeper themes than a lot of other Verdi operas. The false doomed romance of the original act one just doesn't quite gel as much. I also really think that the opening for act two works much better as starting a drama. Act two feels like the proper start with the great chorus and the monks opening piece. That being said I loved my second full listen through and remember why I gave such high marks when I first saw it over half a year ago (has it been that long time really flies!)
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    I disagree. I feel we need the set up for the next 4 acts, to underline the origins of their doomed love, and the pull between love and duty that domiates Elisabetta. It's also important to know that she was given a choice whether to accept the marriage or not.
    Natalie

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    This is absolutely wonderful. Love Rosanna Carteri's voice. Just arrived today.
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    Now this which also arrived today:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    My favorite one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    My favorite one!
    I love the music, but as I listen and the rather condescending hero keeps calling her bimba, a little part of me screams inside "women are not children".
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I disagree. I feel we need the set up for the next 4 acts, to underline the origins of their doomed love, and the pull between love and duty that domiates Elisabetta. It's also important to know that she was given a choice whether to accept the marriage or not.
    True enough. On the other hand, I do think there's something to be said for the unity of place in the four-act version, keeping us restricted to the oppressive atmosphere of the Counter-Reformation Spanish court. And in this telling, the love of Carlo and Elisabetta seems an even more tenuous memory, perhaps more a nostalgic illusion than anything really substantial.

    At any rate, of my four versions on DVD, I'm happy to have one of them be the four-act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    At any rate, of my four versions on DVD, I'm happy to have one of them be the four-act.
    Well, definitely, you can't have too many versions of Don Carlos/Carlo!
    Natalie

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