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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    You could maybe omit the Biondi ICeIM
    Phew that took some detective work. I wouldn't pursue that one I must say.
    Natalie

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    I'm still working on my Verdi chronological project, though I haven't mentioned it lately.

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    Just finished:


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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post


    I'm still working on my Verdi chronological project, though I haven't mentioned it lately.
    I hope you're enjoying your journey and the ones which followed.


    20. Les Vêpres Siciliennes (13th June 1855; Académie Impériale de Musique, Paris)
    Libretto: Scribe, Duveyrier

    21. I Vespri siciliani (26th December 1855; Parma under the name of Giovanna di Guzman)
    Libretto: Scribe, Duveyrier

    22. Simon Boccanegra (12th March 1857; Teatro la Fenice, Venice)
    Libretto: Piave

    23. Aroldo (16th August 1857; Teatro Nuovo, Rimini)
    Libretto: Piave

    24. Un ballo in maschera (17th February 1859; Teatro Apollo, Rome)
    Libretto: Somma

    25. La forza del destino (10th November 1862; Bolshoi Theatre, St. Petersburg)
    Libretto: Piave

    26. Macbeth revised (21st April 1865; Théâtre Lyrique, Paris)
    Libretto: Piave, Nuitter, Beaumont

    27. Don Carlos (11th March 1867; Académie Impériale de Musique, Paris)
    Libretto: Méry, Du Locle

    28. La forza del destino revised (27th February 1869; Teatro alla Scala, Milan)
    Libretto: Ghislanzoni

    29. Aïda (24th December 1871; Opera House, Cairo. 8th February 1872; Teatro alla Scala, Milan)
    Libretto: Ghislanzoni

    30. Simon Boccanegra revised (24th March 1881; Teatro alla Scala, Milan)
    Libretto: Boito

    31. Don Carlo translated into Italian and revised (10th January 1884; Teatro alla Scala, Milan)
    Libretto: Boito

    32. Otello (5th February 1887; Teatro alla Scala, Milan)
    Libretto: Boito

    33. Falstaff (9th February 1893; Teatro alla Scala, Milan)
    Libretto: Boito

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    My boyfriend found me sitting between two speakers wrapped in a blanket with the stuffiest nose in South America weeping to Norma's death.
    Who among us hasn't been there?

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    These are a few of my favourite things:
    Domenico Scarlatti sonatas
    William Thackeray's The Rose and the Ring
    Thackeray's own zany illustrations for The Rose and the ring



    So of course I had a whale of a time with this, musically based around aforementioned sonatas:

    Natalie

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    Just finished:


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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    I hope you're enjoying your journey and the ones which followed.


    20. Les Vêpres Siciliennes (13th June 1855; Académie Impériale de Musique, Paris)
    Libretto: Scribe, Duveyrier

    21. I Vespri siciliani (26th December 1855; Parma under the name of Giovanna di Guzman)
    Libretto: Scribe, Duveyrier

    22. Simon Boccanegra (12th March 1857; Teatro la Fenice, Venice)
    Libretto: Piave

    23. Aroldo (16th August 1857; Teatro Nuovo, Rimini)
    Libretto: Piave

    24. Un ballo in maschera (17th February 1859; Teatro Apollo, Rome)
    Libretto: Somma

    25. La forza del destino (10th November 1862; Bolshoi Theatre, St. Petersburg)
    Libretto: Piave

    26. Macbeth revised (21st April 1865; Théâtre Lyrique, Paris)
    Libretto: Piave, Nuitter, Beaumont

    27. Don Carlos (11th March 1867; Académie Impériale de Musique, Paris)
    Libretto: Méry, Du Locle

    28. La forza del destino revised (27th February 1869; Teatro alla Scala, Milan)
    Libretto: Ghislanzoni

    29. Aïda (24th December 1871; Opera House, Cairo. 8th February 1872; Teatro alla Scala, Milan)
    Libretto: Ghislanzoni

    30. Simon Boccanegra revised (24th March 1881; Teatro alla Scala, Milan)
    Libretto: Boito

    31. Don Carlo translated into Italian and revised (10th January 1884; Teatro alla Scala, Milan)
    Libretto: Boito

    32. Otello (5th February 1887; Teatro alla Scala, Milan)
    Libretto: Boito

    33. Falstaff (9th February 1893; Teatro alla Scala, Milan)
    Libretto: Boito
    Excellent post! I am most definitely enjoying the journey. He's my favorite opera composer. I confess that I don't have the revised/alternate versions. There is a wonderful book at my local library that has photos and discussion of all of his operas, and it's been a very nice pairing with the listening.

    I apparently leap-frogged over Trovatore, I will circle back to it after I finish this, which I started tonight:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    I am most definitely enjoying the journey. He's my favorite opera composer.
    And mine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    I confess that I don't have the revised/alternate versions. There is a wonderful book at my local library that has photos and discussion of all of his operas, and it's been a very nice pairing with the listening.

    I apparently leap-frogged over Trovatore, I will circle back to it after I finish this, which I started tonight:

    I'd like to get that book, what is the title?

    Not all the original versions are good and I can see why they were revised. Simon Boccanegra is my favourite Verdi and my favourite opera but I was disappointed with the 1857 version.

    http://www.opera-rara.com/simon-boccanegra.html

    I have that I Vespri siciliani but don't have Les vêpres siciliennes. Video here though https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdENJVJPOM4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    Not all the original versions are good and I can see why they were revised.
    Very true. Sometimes new versions are just better - often with better pace and with cuts done to redundant and boring music. Sometimes both the old and new versions are good, in different ways - an example would be Rossini's Mosè in Egitto and Moïse et Pharaon which are significantly different but both are very good. On the other hand I always liked the original Boris Godunov with its rough and raw music (supposedly failed orchestration, but I like it) much better than the more saccharine version with RK's orchestration.
    "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
    Very true. Sometimes new versions are just better - often with better pace and with cuts done to redundant and boring music. Sometimes both the old and new versions are good, in different ways - an example would be Rossini's Mosè in Egitto and Moïse et Pharaon which are significantly different but both are very good. On the other hand I always liked the original Boris Godunov with its rough and raw music (supposedly failed orchestration, but I like it) much better than the more saccharine version with RK's orchestration.
    I prefer the original Boris Godunov too. I think it was arrogant of RK and Shostakovich to think that their versions were 'better' and that this would be what Mussorgsky really intended.

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

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    I think GC is a great opera too. Two of my favourite productions that are also favourites of other members are the William Christie Glyndebourne and the Curtis recordings. If you want to explore further, I would recommend these two.

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    Sarah Connolly (Cesare), Danielle de Niese (Cleopatra), Angelika Kirchschlager (Sesto), Christophe Dumaux (Tolomeo), Patricia Bardon (Cornelia), Christopher Maltman (Achilla) & Rachid Ben Abdeslam (Nireno)
    The Glyndebourne Chorus & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, William Christie (conductor) & David McVicar (stage director)
    2005

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    Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Giulio Cesare), Karina Gauvin (Cleopatra), Romina Basso (Cornelia), Emoke Barath (Sesto), Filippo Mineccia (Tolomeo), Johannes Weisser (Achilla), Milena Storti (Nireno), Gianluca Buratto (Curio)
    Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis
    2011

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I think GC is a great opera too. Two of my favourite productions that are also favourites of other members are the William Christie Glyndebourne and the Curtis recordings. If you want to explore further, I would recommend these two.

    Sarah Connolly (Cesare), Danielle de Niese (Cleopatra), Angelika Kirchschlager (Sesto), Christophe Dumaux (Tolomeo), Patricia Bardon (Cornelia), Christopher Maltman (Achilla) & Rachid Ben Abdeslam (Nireno)
    The Glyndebourne Chorus & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, William Christie (conductor) & David McVicar (stage director)
    2005

    Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Giulio Cesare), Karina Gauvin (Cleopatra), Romina Basso (Cornelia), Emoke Barath (Sesto), Filippo Mineccia (Tolomeo), Johannes Weisser (Achilla), Milena Storti (Nireno), Gianluca Buratto (Curio)
    Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis
    2011
    I will explore your recommendations. I have only watched the sunt-in-English one with Janet Baker and loved it. In fact, I ordered the soundtrack to that too. I cannot find a better rendition of "Da tempeste" than Valerie Masterson in the sung-in-English set:
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Awesome opera! Awesome recording!
    The day has come! Florestan listening to countertenors! And enjoying it!

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