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    So, I was reading The Washington Post yesterday and came across a review of a new childrens' opera by our own Anne Midgette ("The Lion, the Unicorn and Me" with music by Jeanine Tesori) being premiered by the Washington National Opera. Midgette typically doesn't shy away from provocative opinions, but she really grabbed my attention with this little nugget:


    By Anne Midgette, Published: December 13

    When I was a child, I scorned children’s operas. I looked down on people who went to them. I had attended a few operas, and I felt I was ready for the big stuff. I therefore disdained Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” and listened earnestly to my Callas recording of “The Barber of Seville.” I didn’t realize for years and years that of the two, “Hansel and Gretel” is far more musically sophisticated.

    The full review is here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/entert...c5f_story.html



    As Luiz stated in another thread, where is Tyroneslothrop when we need him?? He hates - hates! Hansel und Gretel!

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    Hehehe, this is fun. New research coming out of Sweden shows that singing increases the level of oxytocin - a.k.a. "the love hormone" - by 22%. Oxytocin - and this is a well established scientific fact, not some wild speculation - enhances significantly people's perception of others' attractiveness and increases willingness to engage in romance and sex.

    Opera is good for you love life!

    Weirdly enough, watching horror movies also enhances oxytocin levels.

    I guess an opera like Salome combines the best of both worlds, and should be a good activity for a date with your loved one.
    "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 Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    I guess an opera like Salome combines the best of both worlds, and should be a good activity for a date with your loved one.
    No way. Don't want to give anyone ideas about kinky ...stuff.
    Natalie

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    Presto has a sense of humour:

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    Natalie

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    They've been careful enough to put a NOT FINAL COVER note.

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    Now that's what (or who) I would have liked to find under my Christmas tree this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    My second order came and this time I was quite prepared to accept bad presentation. After all what Soave_Fanciulla says is the what most people would think and I can pretend to do normal.

    However... I put in disc 2 and... wrong musical content! I checked the disc. Yes it says "disc 2" and the correct opera...

    Arkiv customer service were very quick to get back to me. They apologized and said they will dispatch the correct disc 2 straight away. I hope it does come soon.

    Otherwise this service provider is definitely not for me!
    I forgot to give update but arkiv sent replacement disc about a week later and happy now.

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    Next odd one was with the Big A.

    I placed an order with them for a recording that came with a "rip". I didn't notice for a couple of days but then I noticed a different recording came up on the amazon player.
    I tried to cancel but was told I would be charged for the "rip" which was more than the CD!
    So I complained...

    All resolved, they sent the correct discs and made arrangements for another "rip".
    I asked how do I return the incorrect "rip".
    They seemed to think that was quite funny for some reason and said that it was now my property, they would accept the cost for their mistake.
    So now I have two different editions of the same opera. It would have been useless before I started playing music from my computer...
    I think I actually prefer the one they sent in error...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Next odd one was with the Big A.

    I placed an order with them for a recording that came with a "rip". I didn't notice for a couple of days but then I noticed a different recording came up on the amazon player.
    I tried to cancel but was told I would be charged for the "rip" which was more than the CD!
    So I complained...

    All resolved, they sent the correct discs and made arrangements for another "rip".
    I asked how do I return the incorrect "rip".
    They seemed to think that was quite funny for some reason and said that it was now my property, they would accept the cost for their mistake.
    So now I have two different editions of the same opera. It would have been useless before I started playing music from my computer...
    I think I actually prefer the one they sent in error...
    I'm glad to hear that things worked out ok with Arkiv.

    Otherwise, how well did the rip thing (MP3? iTunes?) work with Amazon? I haven't figured out the MP3 downloads from either Pristine or Divina yet - they offer too many choices, and I don't know which one to choose or which are compatible with iTunes. The downloads from Arkivmusic work well, on the other hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I'm glad to hear that things worked out ok with Arkiv.

    Otherwise, how well did the rip thing (MP3? iTunes?) work with Amazon? I haven't figured out the MP3 downloads from either Pristine or Divina yet - they offer too many choices, and I don't know which one to choose or which are compatible with iTunes. The downloads from Arkivmusic work well, on the other hand.
    Ha! Ha! You might as well ask me about the dramatic qualities of Der ring des Nib...

    What I think happens is that Divina and Pristine are really specialist companies so they can sell you the music in different qualities; I think it is
    MP3 is the normal quality that most be people listen to but
    CD can hold a lot of data so actually is higher quality in general
    And then they have a couple of higher data formats for the Dark_Angels
    but I think we'll have to check with him with this.

    With the Amazom rip, they give you an option to download free software that is their media player and that automatically picks up any rips you have from the amazon site.
    The iTunes automatically picks it up from there.
    I only use the Amazon player now to pick up those rips.

    Is this making ANY sense? I really am pretty confused by it all myself.

    I am still happier with a CD in hand, so the orders I place with pristine is for a printed CD but I'm pretty sure that a data file transmitted over the interweb is far cheaper and quicker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Ha! Ha! You might as well ask me about the dramatic qualities of Der ring des Nib...

    What I think happens is that Divina and Pristine are really specialist companies so they can sell you the music in different qualities; I think it is
    MP3 is the normal quality that most be people listen to but
    CD can hold a lot of data so actually is higher quality in general
    And then they have a couple of higher data formats for the Dark_Angels
    but I think we'll have to check with him with this.

    With the Amazom rip, they give you an option to download free software that is their media player and that automatically picks up any rips you have from the amazon site.
    The iTunes automatically picks it up from there.
    I only use the Amazon player now to pick up those rips.

    Is this making ANY sense? I really am pretty confused by it all myself.

    I am still happier with a CD in hand, so the orders I place with pristine is for a printed CD but I'm pretty sure that a data file transmitted over the interweb is far cheaper and quicker.
    That's kind of where I am - but those CDs come very dear. I really like doing the downloads (though only Arkiv so far) because they so delight those of us who crave instant gratification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    That's kind of where I am - but those CDs come very dear. I really like doing the downloads (though only Arkiv so far) because they so delight those of us who crave instant gratification.
    I think we'll need a consultation with the man with a bird.

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    Hi, everyone. You don't hear from me often. My life has taken me away from opera.

    This week is the start of the Seattle Opera "Rigoletto". I had been invited, with ticket gratuit, to tonight's dress rehearsal. I am not going to attend. However, I want to make sure you get this youtube HERE of Nadine Sierra in her award winning "Caro nome", that she is bringing here to Seattle as she does Gilda.

    You won't hear from me, often, so let me say "goodbye" and thanks for reading.

    Scott

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    Thanks, Scott. Come back any time!

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    "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."
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