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    So. One one hand you have Stuart Skelton who simply INCANDESCENT as Siegmund. His "Wälse, Wälse" is Corelli defying, and he has power, beauty, tenderness. Matthias Goerne is a sonorous Wotan. But I found Petra Lang hard to bear and Heidi Melton has slightly bugging vibrato. But still, Stuart Skelton

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I have that one! Love it.
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Now it's time for an in-depth look with Anna Russell:



    My very favourite bit:

    Thank you so much for posting this!! It's awesome

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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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    Who'd have thunk this is Meyerbeer and not Rossini? Anyway, it's lovely.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Wow, a pretty intense expression. Anger perhaps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Wow, a pretty intense expression. Anger perhaps?
    I must confess I simply listened without worrying about the plot.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I must confess I simply listened without worrying about the plot.
    I'd have read the plot, but it was pretty lengthy on Wikipedia. I need a source of one-paragraraph opera plots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I'd have read the plot, but it was pretty lengthy on Wikipedia. I need a source of one-paragraraph opera plots.

    "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 Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Nice quick overview of the Ring. This video confirms why, with two exceptions (Tosac and the Ring), I avoid these operas. She says near the end, "now you know what opera is all about," but we know that is not so as there are many beautiful operas that are not typical of what was summarized here. I don't think I need to give examples. Still, a neat video.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Yeah nah, not gonna work for Baroque plots. Too many requited lovers, unrequited lovers, despotic fathers, despotic rulers, despotic lovers, capricious gods, benevolent gods, honest soldiers, quests and banishments, faithful servants, moaning servants, assorted wildlife and foliage, cross-dressing, disguises and inexplicable changes of heart to fit into this format. Not to mention sorting out whether the mezzo in trousers is a girl disguised as a boy or an actual boy, and understanding that the guy singing higher than the soprano is actually the heroic virile Top Lover.
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