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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    You might want to check that it hs a DVD slot if you plan to watch opera DVDs on it.
    Thank you SF and Almaviva for your kind help with this. I think I will have to go this weekend and see if I can get myself set up. Exciting to finally be dragged kicking and screaming into the fourteenth century!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    You might want to check that it hs a DVD slot if you plan to watch opera DVDs on it.
    Netbooks don't have a DVD drive.
    Notebooks do, and they are more expensive.
    "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 Almaviva View Post
    Netbooks don't have a DVD drive.
    Notebooks do, and they are more expensive.
    I don't think I will need a DVD drive, as I already have a couple of portable DVD players. Thanks again for the info!

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    I checked this out from my music library the other day.
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    I love it. I think it's a great way for me to work my way through the Ring.
    It has the Solti recording in mono and you can follow along with the complete libretti, the English translations, and the commentary on the leitmotifs.
    It's very difficult to find though and it's pretty expensive for a CD. I hope the company reissues it at some point.

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    Just purchased the 3 dollar AVPlayerHD app for the iPad. Best purchase I've made in years. Now the process for opera watching is simply DVD -> ISO Rip -> .mkv with soft subtitles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tardis View Post
    I checked this out from my music library the other day.
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    I love it. I think it's a great way for me to work my way through the Ring.
    It has the Solti recording in mono and you can follow along with the complete libretti, the English translations, and the commentary on the leitmotifs.
    It's very difficult to find though and it's pretty expensive for a CD. I hope the company reissues it at some point.
    Yes this is a must. I love the way it takes a leitmotif and gives you an aural example of the various incarnations.
    Natalie

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    I think just learning more about the cycle, and the complexity involved in it, makes me appreciate more how innovative and talented Wagner was.
    Kind of wish the company made more of these, for Mozart and Verdi as well.

    It's a shame more people don't listen to/watch opera. They are missing out on so much. The music is glorious.

    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Yes this is a must. I love the way it takes a leitmotif and gives you an aural example of the various incarnations.

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    I am curious about the aspirates. How can you tell if a singer is making aspirates?

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    I'll need to check for David Rendall on YouTube and have a listen. I've always liked the "macho" quality of Araiza's voice, but yeah, those aspirates can get annoying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tardis View Post
    I am curious about the aspirates. How can you tell if a singer is making aspirates?
    As I understand it, it's when you hear a run of notes on a vowel sound as something like: "ha ha ha ha", rather than 'ah ah ah ah".

    As I understand it, adding the 'h' sound helps singers articulate florid passages. I remember as a teenager listening to a recording of "Le Veau d'Or', and hearing the singer sing: "On incense sa puisa-ha-ha-ha-ha-han-ce." It was a thrilling recording, but as a French student, I felt a little puzzled.
    Last edited by AnaMendoza; February 23rd, 2013 at 03:49 AM. Reason: afterthoughts

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    Do you know if there is anything on YT that can be given as an example?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tardis View Post
    Do you know if there is anything on YT that can be given as an example?
    Yes -- Here's Araiza himself:


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    Do you think singers can work on getting better at their high notes or are you just born with it?
    When I listen to Trebs, her high notes just seem so natural.
    Anna just sounds so...Russian.
    Are you just out of luck if you don't have that warm tone in your voice at the top?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tardis View Post
    Do you think singers can work on getting better at their high notes or are you just born with it?
    When I listen to Trebs, her high notes just seem so natural.
    Anna just sounds so...Russian.
    Are you just out of luck if you don't have that warm tone in your voice at the top?
    Of course they can work on getting better. There are plenty of vocal exercises for this. But also of course, there are characteristics such as timbre (Anna's is so beautiful!) that are rather gifts of nature and can't be changed, and while one can push one's range through exercise, it's of course only up to a certain degree - at one point, natural limitations again will kick in, in terms of the anatomy of a singer's throat - one can only change this living instrument to a point.
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    Mozart's music honestly just fascinates me. I am going to make a broad, sweeping statement here.
    But I feel like I can listen to Dove Sono by 20 different sopranos, and I can get a general idea of what their strengths and weaknesses just after that aria. There is nothing to hide behind in that aria. It demands range, diction, breath control, legato, and expression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tardis View Post
    Wanted to share this really moving article about Flicka and mezzo soprano Zheng Cao. clicky
    Sadly, Zheng Cao has just passed away from cancer. R.I.P.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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