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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Oyez oyez.

    Presto Classical are having a MASSIVE opera sale: clicky

    I'm only on page 24 of 266 and I've already "spent" $200.

    I suppose just a short peek couldn't hurt ...

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    The Presto sale prices (at least for opera DVDs) seem higher than the regular Amazon USA prices. Maybe stuff is just cheaper here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    The Presto sale prices (at least for opera DVDs) seem higher than the regular Amazon USA prices. Maybe stuff is just cheaper here.
    Yes I don't usually buy DVDs from Presto. But their CDs are often cheaper than Amazon UK (Amazon US is out of the question due to ridiculously inflated postage prices, which is ridiculous because it's actually closer to NZ)
    Natalie

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    Der Jonas' unofficial web site contained this link to an interview published in the Australian magazine Limelight:
    http://www.jkaufmann.info/article_en...4limelight.htm
    He has some very interesting things to say, particularly about Viennese operetta. Not everyone's cup of tea, but as he points out, what many people today associate with the genre was the syrupy version from the post-World War II period. The original performance style was evidently quite different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Der Jonas' unofficial web site contained this link to an interview published in the Australian magazine Limelight:
    http://www.jkaufmann.info/article_en...4limelight.htm
    He has some very interesting things to say, particularly about Viennese operetta. Not everyone's cup of tea, but as he points out, what many people today associate with the genre was the syrupy version from the post-World War II period. The original performance style was evidently quite different.
    And now I'm going to have to get the operetta album. Oy weh.
    Natalie

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    Apparently, it will be available in either CD or DVD format, or for the truly diehard fans, a deluxe set with both.



    I'm not that diehard. I'll probably opt for the DVD.

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    Gramophone Awards Shortlist

    I think there are people here (Clayton, Natalie?) who have the Serse. What's Anna Stéphany like? I'm seeing her in a concert in October.
    "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."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Gramophone Awards Shortlist

    I think there are people here (Clayton, Natalie?) who have the Serse. What's Anna Stéphany like? I'm seeing her in a concert in October.
    Rich and powerful, like a box of expensive chocolate liqueurs, and dynamic.

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    Also sensual, her (his?) Ombra mai fu can bring a tear to the eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Rich and powerful, like a box of expensive chocolate liqueurs, and dynamic.

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    Also sensual, her (his?) Ombra mai fu can bring a tear to the eye.
    Excellent! Thank you.
    "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."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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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."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    I was intrigued by this news story: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...lion/13661809/

    It sounds plausible to me--cats are notoriously conservative, wanting prey to look, act, and sound like what they expect from prey. As I walk up the canyon trail, I'll add opera to my list of things-to-do-if-I see-a mountain lion, along with keeping facing it, and putting my arms above my head to look as large as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnaMendoza View Post
    I was intrigued by this news story: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...lion/13661809/

    It sounds plausible to me--cats are notoriously conservative, wanting prey to look, act, and sound like what they expect from prey. As I walk up the canyon trail, I'll add opera to my list of things-to-do-if-I see-a mountain lion, along with keeping facing it, and putting my arms above my head to look as large as possible.
    She must be a very bad singer; that's why the mountain lion lost interest.
    "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
    She must be a very bad singer; that's why the mountain lion lost interest.
    It could have been what she was singing.

    It has been my experience that many cats have different preferences.

    8 out of 10 cats prefer Gluck. *


    * There is no scientific evidence to support this claim and care of your cat should be made responsibly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post

    8 out of 10 cats prefer Gluck. *
    Orpheus with his lute.....?

    I can just visualize giving my best rendition of "Che faro senza Euridice", with an enraptured mountain lion slinking after me. On second thought, I can't visualize it.

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    So I'm sitting in my apartment room in Sydney listening to the cockatoos and about to head out for some dinner - It's been touch and go whether I would make it as my husband got a serious infection and is recuperating very slowly. The girls are nursing him at home and I am here. Tomorrow it's Rigoletto with Diego Torre and Emma Matthews (she was fantastic in the La Monnaie Jenufa and he was great in the cancer boheme from Oslo); and then in the evening Don Giovanni with Teddy Tahu Rhodes. And Sunday, hoorah hooray, it's der Jonas. Cross fingers he didn't get some horrible infection on the plane and cancels. On the other hand they are selling post-concert dinner tickets with him for $1000 a pop so I don't suppose they'd let him.

    I walked down to the botanic gardens this arvo (I'm going native) and saw the opera house and the harbour bridge bathed in sunlight. So beautiful. I hate to confess this but I think it is more beautiful than Auckland harbour, although we can boast a large volcano in the middle or ours.
    Natalie

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