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    The secret to Pelleas is to let yourself drift on a lake of melodic fragments and allusions and not worry too much about what is making sense.
    Natalie

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    Rameau: Pygmalion
    Cyrille Dubois (Pygmalion), Marie-Claude Chappuis (Céphise), Céline Scheen (La Statue), Eugénie Warnier (L’Amour)
    Les Talens Lyriques, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Christophe Rousset




    Handel: Alceste

    Lucy Crowe (soprano), Benjamin Hulett (tenor) & Andrew Foster-Williams (bass-baritone)
    Early Opera Company, Christian Curnyn

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    The secret to Pelleas is to let yourself drift on a lake of melodic fragments and allusions and not worry too much about what is making sense.
    Exactly!

    However I kept getting distracted during the production I saw in Vienna. The stage is flooded and easily 1.5 metres at the deepest part. I kept thinking whether or not they drain it for the following night's performance of Madama Butterfly or do they just cover it? Is the water warm? Are the singers wearing wet suits under their costume?

    "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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    The Met's production of Parsifal only had a few centimetres of "blood" (though due to the size of the stage this translated into quite a volume) but they warmed this before the act and also had heat pads under the pool so that it would not cool too quickly and allow the performers to be as comfortable as possible.

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    Conductor: Carl Maria Giulini
    Vienna Philharmonic; Vienna State Opera Chorus
    Cast: Piero Cappuccilli, Ileana Cotrubas, Plácido Domingo, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Elena Obraztsova, Hanna Schwarz, Kurt Moll, Luigi de Corato, Walter Gullino, Dirk Sagemuller, Olive Fredricks, Audrey Michael

    Hadn't listened to this one in a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Rameau: Pygmalion
    Cyrille Dubois (Pygmalion), Marie-Claude Chappuis (Céphise), Céline Scheen (La Statue), Eugénie Warnier (L’Amour)
    Les Talens Lyriques, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Christophe Rousset




    Handel: Alceste

    Lucy Crowe (soprano), Benjamin Hulett (tenor) & Andrew Foster-Williams (bass-baritone)
    Early Opera Company, Christian Curnyn

    How is that Pygmalion?

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    The secret to Pelleas is to let yourself drift on a lake of melodic fragments and allusions and not worry too much about what is making sense.
    Wait . . . I thought that was the secret to *life* . . .

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    Prokofiev: War & Peace

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    How is that Pygmalion?
    Very jolly and dancy!

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    However I kept getting distracted during the production I saw in Vienna. The stage is flooded and easily 1.5 metres at the deepest part. I kept thinking whether or not they drain it for the following night's performance of Madama Butterfly or do they just cover it? Is the water warm? Are the singers wearing wet suits under their costume?
    Haha! That the kind of thought I often have too!
    Natalie

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    Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Heroes & Villians

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    I enjoyed this. The sound was OK. I thought Edelmann was very good and Schwarzkopf as well. Wasn't crazy about Hopf. but the rest were fine. I thought Karajan pressed a bit too hard with his faster tempos.
    But to hear this historic occasion was well worth it.
    I'm sure I'll be listening to it again.
    Thanks Amfortas

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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 too am listening to Roberto Devereaux, the recording with Sills

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    I too am listening to Roberto Devereaux, the recording with Sills
    Of my sets (Gencer, Sills, Gruberova, and Theodossiou) Sills voice seems to high pitched or thin or something. Gruberova somewhat better, but Theodossiou has a much deeper or richer voice for this queen IMO. But Gencer is probably the best. Funny though, because it was my Beverly Sills craze that even got me into the Donizetti Queens.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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