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    For CD - Older Berganza with Abbado conducting......I have begun to avoid...
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    Very nice, Radvanovsky has that dark lower voice...

    Very nice, Radvanovsky has that dark lower voice that lends dramatic power to her performance along with decent bel canto technique, this is probably as close as we can come today to the likes of...
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    For CD - 1964 RCA Leotyne Price, a role that suited her singing style quite well along with Aida.......very close behind is...
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    For CD - 1962 Bayreuth Sawallisch with the black Venus Grace Bumbry, the...
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    Next Up: #40: Peter Grimes

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    If I read the Friday Pristine newsletter...

    If I read the Friday Pristine newsletter correctly the source of the tapes was actually an individual at home using fastest speed on his reel to reel tape recorder to tape original 1959 BBC FM radio...
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    For CD a product of the opera super couple during the blissful days of wine and...
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    For CD in modern sound it must be Suliotis, perhaps the greatest Abigaille was Callas but 1949 sound is for historical reference only...
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    Sumi Jo is great Oscar in the Solti DVD........
  10. The son of Titurel and former leader of the grail...

    The son of Titurel and former leader of the grail knights speaks for me also in this matter......
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    An insult to the legacy of one of Decca's...

    An insult to the legacy of one of Decca's greatest opera stars, especially compared to recent deluxe boxsets for Callas and Pavarotti, does no one there know the historical stature and devoted fan...
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    The rat pack is back baby, what happens in Vegas...

    The rat pack is back baby, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas..........

    Transition to 1960s Vegas time frame works very smooth, quality cast and visually well handled, so many Rigoletto's to...
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    Perhaps my favorite "la forza" video, many parts...

    Perhaps my favorite "la forza" video, many parts work very well plus HD picture.

    Ambitious final scence where stage floor rises and angles up toward heaven to simulate spiritual ascension of dying...
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    Best Lohengrin video available, Lenhoff...

    Best Lohengrin video available, Lenhoff production modern visuals are dramatic and well though out, no reggie silliness
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    If only we had a Walther cast here vocally up to...

    If only we had a Walther cast here vocally up to same standard as the rest of this fine McVicar production cast (ideally Jonas Kaufmann), still as Clayton says this is the best video "meister" to own...
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    For CD many great ones but I will also go with Kathleen Battle, perhaps her finest recording right before her...
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    The deluxe Callas "wood" box uses 1997 remasters,...

    The deluxe Callas "wood" box uses 1997 remasters, each opera has its own unique photo which I really like, that is not real burled wood box (plastic laminate), nice hardbound book and large b/w...
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    For CD, until Renee Jacobs releases new version the Christie is closest to a period performance

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    For video favorite remains...
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    I had to sell this also because it was...

    I had to sell this also because it was disappointing, hated the production black black black......everything was black! Just saw white faces and hands floating on stage with no bodies, creepy..........
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    Sospiro, the same ROH production is also available in older release with Te Kanawa, both are worthy


    For video I will select...
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    For CD 1955 Keilberth Siegfried

    The best sounding document we have of golden...
  22. The master at work........ No opera star is...

    The master at work........

    No opera star is too great, no ego too large to escape the enchanted spell of Sospiro :respect:
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    For CD set Callas is Lady M, stunning reference performance although...
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    A couple more recital CDs, Stoyanova an exciting new find for me and my...
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    Recent high quality Na´ve label release featuring Handel (Italian) opera this time instead of usual Vivaldi opera, they are all big...
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