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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    That is my only Cenerentola and I don't feel the need for any others. Had Bartoli for a while but got rid of it. She would be better off singing Handel Operas the way she wobbles her voice all the time.

    I also have the DVD of Cenerentola that has several of the same singers (Montarsolo, and the two nasty daughters IIRC), but a splendid von Stade. Still that is made like a movie and I suppose it would be good to get an actual opera DVD, perhaps Didonato is the way to go for my second Cenerentola.

    Ah Ha! That is it! I didn't know what to do as I have nothing on order. Well now I have a mission. Find a great Cenerentola for my second on DVD. I'll go take a look at the favorite operas voting thread and see what OperaLively folks picked.
    Both Glyndebourne Cenerentolas released on DVD are worth checking, Cox-Kuhlmann and the more recent Jurowski-Donose that's also available on blu-ray.

    To be very frank, though, Ponnelle's movie is indeed the best, and it is by far his most successful incursion in film making. I could never sit through another Cenerentola without thinking "Wow, this was done much better by Ponnelle" at least once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Both Glyndebourne Cenerentolas released on DVD are worth checking, Cox-Kuhlmann and the more recent Jurowski-Donose that's also available on blu-ray.

    To be very frank, though, Ponnelle's movie is indeed the best, and it is by far his most successful incursion in film making. I could never sit through another Cenerentola without thinking "Wow, this was done much better by Ponnelle" at least once.
    You are right, the Ponnell movie is the best Cenerentola. I scoped many and Donose is on my potential future get list along with Bartoli and Didonato.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    What am I listening to? Nothing. Nada.

    Old fool that I am, I left my small traveling bag full of charging cords, all of my iPods, etc. behind when I changed flights at the Munich airport last week. I contacted Lufthansa who told me that the bag has not been turned in. I will try the airport's regular lost and found (Fundbüro) when I return to Munich tomorrow, but don't have much hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    What am I listening to? Nothing. Nada.

    Old fool that I am, I left my small traveling bag full of charging cords, all of my iPods, etc. behind when I changed flights at the Munich airport last week. I contacted Lufthansa who told me that the bag has not been turned in. I will try the airport's regular lost and found (Fundbüro) when I return to Munich tomorrow, but don't have much hope.
    Oh no, you have my sympathy. Hope it was handed in and Lufthansa get it to you.
    "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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    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    This morning I managed to break free from a long running cycle of Götterdämmerung recordings to listen to

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    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
    Galina Vishnevskaya (Tatyana), Ywevgeniy Belos (Onegin), Sergey Lemeshev (Lensky), Larissa Avdeyeva (Olga), Valentina Petrova (Larina), Eugenia Verbitskaya (Filipyevna), Ivan Petrov (Gremin), Andrei Sokolov (Triquet), Igor Mikhailov (Zaretsky)
    Choir and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Boris Khaikin
    Studio (radio) recording 1955 digitally remastered 2014 E. Barykina

    The sound quality on this recording is superb (nevermind the 1955 bit, it's just superb) so we are able to enjoy the fantastic singing from this brilliant cast and performance. A very highly recommended recording for Tchaikovsky, EO, russian opera, Lemeshev or Petrov or any combination of those, fans...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    What am I listening to? Nothing. Nada.

    Old fool that I am, I left my small traveling bag full of charging cords, all of my iPods, etc. behind when I changed flights at the Munich airport last week. I contacted Lufthansa who told me that the bag has not been turned in. I will try the airport's regular lost and found (Fundbüro) when I return to Munich tomorrow, but don't have much hope.
    I'm back in business. The good news is that I found the charging cords pouch buried in a carryon bag when I was packing for Munich the other day. The bad news is I'm not sure whether it was worse to have lost the bag or to go for days thinking I lost it when it was there all the time.

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

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

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    Remembering Sir Neville Marriner.

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

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    Saint-Saëns: Henry VIII
    Sherrill Milnes (Henry VIII), Cristina Deutekom (Katharine of Aragon), Brenda Boozer (Anne Boleyn), Jacques Trussel (Don Gomez de Feria), Kevin Langan (Duke of Norfolk), Robert Schmorr (Earl of Surrey), Kenneth Cox (Cardinal Campeggio), Enrique Baquerizo (Archbishop Cranmer), Neil Wilson-Nease (Garter King of Arms), Nancy Carol Moore (Lady Clarence), et. al.
    Conductor: Antonio Tauriello
    San Diego Opera, 1983 – Sung in English translation

    Yes, this is posted in the correct thread, despite the source being a YouTube “video.” In reality, there is nothing to watch except a photo of the conductor. After listening to the San Diego Opera’s performance, I share the opinion of OL members who consider this work underappreciated. The music is wonderful and there is plenty of drama – even if, as in the case of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, certain plot elements are not historically accurate. In this instance, the librettist has invented a love affair between Anne and the Spanish envoy, Don Gomez de Feria, complete with an incriminating letter from the lady that comes into the possession of Queen Katharine. I’m usually not fond of operas sung in translation, but with Sherrill Milnes in the title role, I wouldn’t care if this had been sung in Martian. Were a commercial recording available, I’d grab it – though one hopes the sound quality would be better than what was obviously an informal taping at the opera house. (The video of the performance in the original French, clips of which are also on YouTube, is on the to-be-purchased list.) There are also powerful portrayals of Katharine and Anne by soprano Cristina Deutekom and mezzo Brenda Boozer, while tenor Jacques Trussel generally acquits himself honorably as Don Gomez – his high notes are on target, but occasionally, there’s a bit of strain perceptible. The role of Katharine is full of gripping scenes with wonderful music and would be a real plum for a top-notch lirico-spinto soprano, which again makes me wonder why this opera isn’t more popular.

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    I know you've all been on pins and needles, but fear not. Your long wait is over: my verdict is in.





    I'm still getting to know this opera, but already, in comparing the two versions on my shelf, I can announce a clear winner. The more recent recording, besides having better sound, strikes me as much more lively and engaging, led by Plasson's evocative conducting and Dessay's nuanced, sensitive portrayal of the young heroine.

    So all of you agonizing over which Lakmé to buy can finally set your minds at ease.

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