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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    And here's La Cenerentola in Russian for you:


    I also love that in the Italian translation of Die Zauberflöte the Queen of the Night is called Astrifiammante.
    Just love the Italian language!

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    If one is really curious, YouTube has a complete Italian-language Lohengrin from Venice in 1973, with Bruno Bartoletti conducting and Katia Ricciarelli singing Elsa. Warning: the sound quality is poor.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRQvX9aRGVw

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    Interesting article on 15 forgotten operas ripe for rediscovery.

    I have heard of #6 Undine, but no others from this list.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Interesting article on 15 forgotten operas ripe for rediscovery.

    I have heard of #6 Undine, but no others from this list.

    I only have heard of Iris and The Wreckers, which was staged by Bard College during their Summerscape festival in 2015.

    Btw, Bard College does a great job staging a rare opera every summer - they staged Iris last August and will be doing Antonín Dvorák's Dmitrij this August:

    http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calenda...php?eid=132293

    Also, now that I think of it, Bard Summerscape does a great job - I saw a terrific production of Tanayev's Oresteia there several years ago. Operas are staged in the wonderful Frank Gehry designed Fisher Center on the Bard College campus in the Hudson River Valley - well worth a visit (especially in the summer!), and lots to see in the area.

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    I have heard Le Roi d'Ys, the Wreckers, Iris and Savator Rosa. Never even hear of the others apart from Tsar Saltan, which would be on my wish list too.
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    And then there's Balfe's The Bohemian Girl, with the unforgettable I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls ...

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    I've heard of -- though never heard -- several of the operas listed here:
    - Iris
    - Undine
    - Die Rheinnixen
    - Die Loreley
    - Le Roi d'Ys
    - The Wreckers
    - Salvator Rossa

    This is likely a result of reading issues of Opernwelt and Das Opernglas over the years.

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    I thought I also knew Die Loreley, but then noticed it is not the version by Catalani (which appears to be titled just Loreley).

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    First of a series of programmes first shown in 1995 which I've only just discovered. Links to the other three episodes should be on the right hand side of the YouTube page.


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    This looks interesting - I'll have to finish it tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    First of a series of programmes first shown in 1995 which I've only just discovered. Links to the other three episodes should be on the right hand side of the YouTube page.

    Fascinating footage. Not exactly strong material (gift shop management upheaval!), but the access they are given is remarkable, and the frankness of some of the people on camera.

    I almost turned it off, but about 20 min into this first episode it finally starts to involve the artists' routines backstage and becomes more compelling.

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    Who is the stage manager at 46.48? His face is incredibly familiar.

    EDIT

    I think it's Stuart Maunder who is NZ opera director, what do you guys think:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Who is the stage manager at 46.48? His face is incredibly familiar.

    EDIT

    I think it's Stuart Maunder who is NZ opera director, what do you guys think:

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    I think you're right.

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    Some quick thoughts on Idomeneo, which I saw opening night, March 6, and again on the 21st (though was tired and hungry, and left during the second intermission).

    Conductor: James Levine
    Ilia: Nadine Sierra
    Idamante: Alice Coote
    Elettra: Elza van den Heever
    Idomeneo: Matthew Polenzani
    Arsace: Gregory Schmidt, Alan Opie
    High Priest: Noah Baetge
    Women of Crete: Michelle Bradley, Rihab Chaieb
    Trojan Soldiers: Rolando Sanz (debut), David Crawford
    Voice of Neptune: Eric Owens

    * I am almost entirely unfamiliar with Idomeneo; before going, I managed to listen to the first half maybe five times, but the entire thing maybe only twice. Disclaimers out of the way, I thought it was great and that this group of principles might be the most evenly good I’ve seen in a while. So, if you can, try to make the Live in HD broadcast!

    * It’s so hard to write about people being good, so I will be brief: Nadine Sierra sounded great, I found her act 2 “Se il padre perdei” very moving. Alice Coote audibly had a bit of a cold for the second performance and started out the first performance with a bit too much verismo, but quite moving when being rejected by Idomeneo in acts 1 and 2. I liked Matthew Polenzani and Elza van den Heever best of all. Polenzani killed it in “Fuor del mar” (though he did cheat a nontrivial fraction of the coloratura both nights), and van den Heever was fantastic, especially in in “Idol mio” (more so in the second performance) and “D’Oreste” (though as far as revenge arias go, she was not quite as good as Ann Hallenberg in Juditha Triumphans. But then again, so few people are).

    * For Arsace, I liked Gregory Schmidt better than Alan Opie. To be fair, I only saw Opie’s “Se il tuo duol” from act 2, where I thought the non-coloratura was fine but the coloratura was cheated to poor effect. What do I know, people seemed to love it.

    * Preferred the Trojan Soldiers to the Women of Crete both nights. Rihab Chaieb’s high notes sound like they’re entirely squillo, don’t know that I like it.

    * Only saw act 3 during the first performance: Baetge’s high priest sounded good, and while Owens’ voice of Neptune sounded fine, I wish we had gotten someone with a more earth-shaking voice.

    * The last 2 times I’ve attended a Mozart opera, an older German lady has definitively declared “That didn’t sound like Mozart!” though I did not understand what they were trying to say, either time.

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    This is a chat conversation I had at work just now:

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