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  1. All Stage directors: Make sure that you ask your...

    All Stage directors: Make sure that you ask your singers to do physically difficult actions in the middle of their tricky arias. You know, sing upside down (Trebs in Puritani) , crawl through tubes...
  2. "Opera is going to the dogs" 1720s style

    What advice could we add to bring this up to date?


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH-mARFU2EY&feature=emb_logo
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    Wow. I've pretty much put new purchases on hold...

    Wow. I've pretty much put new purchases on hold as I have run out of room, but I might NEED this.
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    Just watched this too. I liked it, didn't mind...

    Just watched this too. I liked it, didn't mind the final scene, I prefer to imagine my blood!
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    I've just finished Paria By Moniusko ...

    I've just finished Paria By Moniusko on Operavision and boy it was powerful stuff. An interesting staging in a sports stadium with the singers in the midst of the audience. Wonderful soprano....
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    Glad you are on the way to recovery and good luck...

    Glad you are on the way to recovery and good luck with yout plans.

    I've been offsite for a bit; partly due to having a new job with a lot of teaching and therefore preparation; partly also I've...
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    The writers of the Good Place are clearly opera...

    The writers of the Good Place are clearly opera fans. Everything in red will get you sent to the bad place.

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    I've listened to Le Willis - loved Arsen...

    I've listened to Le Willis - loved Arsen Soghomonyan. more please; and Peter Mattei's Winterreise which is probably the most purely beautiful version I own.
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    Happy settling in. Gonna get cold, lots of...

    Happy settling in. Gonna get cold, lots of excuses to huddle round the fire with a nice boxed set and a cuppa.
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    Sticky: Another reason to love him.

    Another reason to love him.
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    Sticky: That said, I am a great admirer of some of Peter...

    That said, I am a great admirer of some of Peter Sellars' additions - his recent Salzburg Clemenza re-imagined with terrorist themes, with the replacement of recits by music from Mozart's Masonic...
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    While waiting this morning for my husband to come...

    While waiting this morning for my husband to come out of prostate cancer surgery. He's doing fine.

    Mascagni: L'Amico Fritz
    Roberto Alagna (Fritz), Angela Gheorghiu (Suzel), Laura Polverelli...
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    Some great choral and hunting scenes. Not all the...

    Some great choral and hunting scenes. Not all the arias are actually by Vivaldi; some by Giacomelli, Leo, Hasse, but the opera is very lovely.

    Vivaldi: Dorilla in Tempe
    Romina Basso (Dorilla),...
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    I like this one.

    I like this one.
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    Going on Sunday to Barrie Kosky's Magic Flute...

    Going on Sunday to Barrie Kosky's Magic Flute as part of the Auckland arts festival.

    Never heard of any of the singers, but it's being sold on the production rather than any musical merits.
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    Bit late in there, Hoffmann, but I hope the...

    Bit late in there, Hoffmann, but I hope the horrible cold is clearing up now.

    Maybe your friend might be advised to learn about germ theory:ambivalence:
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    Mahler writes such beautiful vocal music, I wish...

    Mahler writes such beautiful vocal music, I wish he had written an opera.
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    Currently listening to this in the car. I am...

    Currently listening to this in the car. I am particularly enjoying Jess Thomas' Siegfried - what a gorgeous voice, lovely timbre. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau brings a real lieder singer's sensibility to...
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    I'm feeling more in the mood for non-vocal music...

    I'm feeling more in the mood for non-vocal music -especially at work where it is easier to have as background music. Listening to old favourites Mahler's 4th, Holst the planets, Brahms Hungarian...
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    Priceless!

    Priceless!
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    Excellent line up with a bonbon to finish....

    Excellent line up with a bonbon to finish. Brownlee and Kwiecen together, wonderful.
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    No surprises there then.

    No surprises there then.
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    Other listening - feeling in a Russian mood. ...

    Other listening - feeling in a Russian mood.

    Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
    Boris Christoff (Boris), Nicolai Gedda (Grigory (False Dmitry)), Eugenia Zareska (Marina), Kim Borg (Rangoni/Tchelkalov),...
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    Yes, I just listened to it and liked it - but...

    Yes, I just listened to it and liked it - but then I'm not that familiar with the opera. The only thing I didn't like was the applause - always a disadvantage with live recordings.
  25. An excellent Beethoven Ninth from Leipzig...

    An excellent Beethoven Ninth from Leipzig, a great note of optimism for the first day of 2019:.

    Conductor Andris Nelssons, soloists Klaus Florian Vogt, Luca Pisaroni, Violetta Urmana and Lucy Crowe
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