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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Recent arrivals from Tutto Verdi series
    So, DA, your verdict?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    My fascination with the 1967 production won me over to watch it whole way through. ... and his makeup was kind of extreme (although there are a lot of closeups in the taping that one wouldn't see from the audience) and he was prone to striking poses while singing.
    I always been fascinated by old B&W videos of anything--operas, films, even commercials! I recently realized what one of the things that captivates me so is--I just love those American Theatre Standard accents! I mean, what man wouldn't want to sound like Cary Grant? Now how do I go about training an American Theatre Standard accent of my own?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    So, DA, your verdict?
    I will post detailed comments in Verdi thread, Lombardi and Foscari are both very good and since they are rarely offered on DVD/blu ray they are essential Verdi buys in modern HD picture quality. These lesser known Verdi operas are real gems

    Ballo Maschera is relatively not as strong plus there are many competing big budget versions available. Some of the minor roles like Ulrica are weak and the shoestring budget/small stage shows in final grand masked ball detailing, still it is good enough for me to keep and again modern HD picture a plus

    I really like the short plot summary feature every Tutto Verdi opera has in main menu, good to preview before watching opera

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    I finally watched Wozzeck. What a fantastic opera, and I think this naturalistic film was a good way to approach it.



    Piotr helped me get through the housework today:

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I finally watched Wozzeck. What a fantastic opera, and I think this naturalistic film was a good way to approach it.



    Piotr helped me get through the housework today:

    Nice, I own both of the above and they are both in the unwatched/unlistened to pile.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Getting ready for the Cinci Opera's performance a week from Thursday.

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    Someone please remind me NEVER to try and cook dinner while listening to Peter Mattei. I keep going off into little melting reveries of love and admiration and meanwhile everything boils over, burns and goes soggy. Slightly overcooked fish pie anyone?

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Someone please remind me NEVER to try and cook dinner while listening to Peter Mattei. I keep going off into little melting reveries of love and admiration and meanwhile everything boils over, burns and goes soggy.
    That happens to me, too. When I'm not even cooking.

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    I will never be a big fan of Berg's opera Lulu, but this creative dazzling production is my favorite to date, the sex carnival is open for business

    Director Oliver Py also worked with Petibon in recent dark themed Les Contes Hoffmann:


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    I almost foolishly passed over this Tutto Verdi Oberto, that was a mistake I have corrected.

    To this day the literary source/inspiration of debut opera Oberto is unknown, Verdi had been working on an earlier opera Rocester which has vanished and never performed but is thought to have inspired Oberto


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    Coincidentally I have also just watched Oberto, but this version mainly notable for the great Oberto of the lovely Ildar Abdrazakov:



    I was attracted to this Nozze on Youtube by the presence of Terfel and Hvorostovsky, but what I enjoyed most of all was the gorgeous singing of a very young Dorothea Röschmann. Her "Deh Vieni" was to die for. This production would have been almost perfect except for the glacial tempi adopted by Harnoncourt. Sucks all the fun and sparkle out of the music.



    Another M22 production that doesn't quite work.



    Some listening:


    Natalie

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    OMG tell me you didn't spend money on that new Bartoli sung Norma, Cecci is trying to warn you




    M22 Cosi has some interesting wrinkles, didn't you like the giant dinosaur egg?
    My impression is that sisters knew that boyfriends were in disguise but played the game anyway, hmmmmm




    Excellent choice

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