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    Or the other picture, if you're fan of the bad covers thread in other section:

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    A long long time ago Almaviva said that he doesn't need an iPhone... well, here I'll try to persuade him otherwise, if he hasn't changed his mind already and own five of them.

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    The iPhone/Ipod Touch is an ideal opera listening device. I'm listening to Aida on my iPod Touch; Adobe Acrobat reading app zoomed in on the two columns (Italian, English, French and German are on far left and right) in the EMI Aida libretto pdf (read from a Dropbox app, don't use iBooks, the reader is not as good as Adobe Acrobat; with Dropbox you basically have an Adobe library, you can separate your files into various folders, it's really convenient) while listening to Aida on the same device. The iPhone is a much better pdf libretto reader than the Kindle because it can keep your zoom in seamlessly when you change from page to page while on the Kindle when you change page. You have to re-zoom every time from page to page, which is incredibly awkward and time consuming when you're reading it horizontally. The zooming function on the Kindle is primitive relative to the iPhone. Paper librettos are a hassle even if you have them, you might lose them, pages might get crumpled, organize them, get them out of the case, etc, reading the libretto on your computer is torture since you can't change positions, walk around, etc (you have to sit, which is bad for your health), reading them on your Kindle is impossible and the Kindle is rather large relative to the iPhone.

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    I read libretti on my Kindle. Works very well indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianwalker View Post
    A long long time ago Almaviva said that he doesn't need an iPhone... well, here I'll try to persuade him otherwise, if he hasn't changed his mind already and own five of them.
    I've changed my mind. I'm the happy owner of a 4S iPhone (Siri rocks!) and two iPods. Sometimes I borrow my wife's iPad. I'm always in awe of my son's Mac Pro. Yep, we're now an Apple family.

    Still, my laptop is an Acer Aspire.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    I've changed my mind. I'm the happy owner of a 4S iPhone (Siri rocks!) and two iPods.
    Here, bourgeois, two iPods? Give one to soldier freezing at the front. You have warm shoes? Stay at home. They'd be more useful to the worker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne of Green Gables View Post
    Here, bourgeois, two iPods? Give one to soldier freezing at the front. You have warm shoes? Stay at home. They'd be more useful to the worker.
    But, but, but... you had recommended five iPhones! I was already shopping for the other four, feeling very inadequate for having just one. So, what do I do now? I'm confused! Should I send my second iPod to the freezing soldier but buy the four additional iPhones anyway? This might create four more envious soldiers, no? Help, I need advice! I want to be a cool geezer! What is the recommended number of iPhones and iPods for a cool geezer?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    So, what do I do now? I'm confused!
    The first thing you do when you're confused is inviting your family and best friends to your house and singing with them about being confused, preferably with usage of striking hammer in your head as metaphore of how you feel.

    After that, everything will come to resolution. Eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne of Green Gables View Post
    The first thing you do when you're confused is inviting your family and best friends to your house and singing with them about being confused, preferably with usage of striking hammer in your head as metaphore of how you feel.

    After that, everything will come to resolution. Eventually.
    What model and size of hammer should I use? How hard should I strike my head with it? If I knock myself down unconscious, I won't be able to sing. I find your instructions very imprecise and confusing, sir. Like this you'll increase my confusion instead of solving it. Please make sure you give me all the specifics, I don't want to botch this. With all those freezing soldiers out there, I must get it right, poor things.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I do not have any i-whatever-products. Never have. I'm getting on with matters without them just fine.

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    Gioacchino Rossini
    IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
    Broadcast performance

    Lyric Opera of Chicago
    November 18, 1977
    dir : Piero Bellugi

    Richard Stilwell (Figaro)
    Maria Ewing (Rosina)
    Luigi Alva (Count Almaviva)
    Claudio Desderi (Bartolo)
    Paolo Montarsolo (Basilio)
    Trudy Hines (Berta)
    Tom Fox (Fiorello)
    Florindo Andreolli (Sergeant)

    We all know Alva's Almaviva from famous He/Callas/Gobbi recording. Here he's spectacular as well and gets very fine partners (except so-so Figaro).

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    Nice, Schigolch. Please make sure you include these in the Traviata In-Depth discography articles.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    You should have two discs. Look behind the booklet. If Act 3 is not there, you've got a dud.
    No second disk. Now I need to figure out where to direct a complaint (it was purchased through Amazon.com).

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    Oh dear. Customer "service" on Amazon is capable of reaching a whole new level of obtuseness. I once pointed out a price typo about DVD shipping costs from 3rd party merchants and it took me a month and 11 emails to get through to them that it was a typo on their site and nothing to do with the merchants.
    Natalie

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