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    That is good, Conan, that is good.

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    This opera's storyline is highpoint of blank, indistinct love stories. The only cool characters are Prounier and the maid and these are very nice here, especially the poet who looks very much like some contemporary geezer of Proust. If it wouldn't be for very good cast, climatic staging, I would throw up afterwards. Despite some successful pages by Puccini, this is opera I won't return to any soon.

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    I happen to absolutely love La Rondine. This is a nice production but not my favourite on DVD (i prefer the Cedolins/Portari DVD). The opera is so melodic and bittersweet. The duet " Paulette! I nostri amici son gia partiti" is one of my favourite scenes in all of opera. It contains some absolutely beautiful music.

    Today, is my birthday and i fancy a bit of Le Nozze di Figaro. Not sure why as its not my favourite opera but one i am always intrigued by. I will watch some of the DVD from Paris. Its a Christoph Marthelar production with Sylvain Cambreling conducting and stars Mattei, Oelze and the wonderful Christine Schaffer. I don't know why, of all the DVDs of this opera that i have -this one makes the most sense! Love the music, love the production and the singers are great too! Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yashin View Post
    I happen to absolutely love La Rondine. This is a nice production but not my favourite on DVD (i prefer the Cedolins/Portari DVD). The opera is so melodic and bittersweet. The duet " Paulette! I nostri amici son gia partiti" is one of my favourite scenes in all of opera. It contains some absolutely beautiful music.

    Today, is my birthday and i fancy a bit of Le Nozze di Figaro. Not sure why as its not my favourite opera but one i am always intrigued by. I will watch some of the DVD from Paris. Its a Christoph Marthelar production with Sylvain Cambreling conducting and stars Mattei, Oelze and the wonderful Christine Schaffer. I don't know why, of all the DVDs of this opera that i have -this one makes the most sense! Love the music, love the production and the singers are great too! Enjoy
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    These Dvořák operas were wonderful and extremely well conducted by Gerd Albrecht with a group of singers and orchestra. It is ashame the world seems to only know Rusalka, which may well be his best opera, but these other operas recorded were worth listening.

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    Waltraud Meier was excellent in this and so was Matti Salminen as Rocco, but I'm afraid der Jonas' recent CD of this opera has completely spoiled me for any other Florestan. Peter Seiffert sounded like a bull in a china shop compared with Kaufmann's subtle and nuanced performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post


    Waltraud Meier was excellent in this and so was Matti Salminen as Rocco, but I'm afraid der Jonas' recent CD of this opera has completely spoiled me for any other Florestan. Peter Seiffert sounded like a bull in a china shop compared with Kaufmann's subtle and nuanced performance.
    I have it but part of my unwatched pile. Maybe because of the staging but I did buy it on discount a while ago. Might unwrap it soon ...

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    So great. I picked it up for Moffo but loved the whole cast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    I have it but part of my unwatched pile. Maybe because of the staging but I did buy it on discount a while ago. Might unwrap it soon ...
    The staging is completely unexceptionable but rather dull.
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    Anna Moffo was a class act for sure. I loved her Madame Butterfly. I have her La Traviata but it is not this one, it has Richard Tucker as Alfredo. I am sure Anna sings up a storm in the first act!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    The staging is completely unexceptionable but rather dull.
    I noticed from sampling clips. But the singing and conducting were supposedly much better.

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    Dvořák, Vanda

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    I noticed from sampling clips. But the singing and conducting were supposedly much better.
    Yes, I'm sure you will love Waltraud Meier's performance in this.
    Natalie

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