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  1. I know this is somewhat delayed (Dissertation for...

    I know this is somewhat delayed (Dissertation for my Masters has been eating up a lot of time) but I would throughly agree with you in regards to lessons in love and violence. Having been lucky...
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    I love this. Especially as recently I have been...

    I love this. Especially as recently I have been indulging my love of Gilbert and Sullvian picked up over the past year having not had time to listen to all buy my old favourite operas.
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    I am here and waiting for it to start so...

    I am here and waiting for it to start so exciting!!!
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    Lessons in love and violence.

    Due to the prevalence of Written on Skin fans at opera lively I have decided to dedicate a thread to George Benjamin's upcoming opera "Lessons in Love and Violence" . As it is premiering soon I hope...
  5. I really need to get round to Wagner. At this...

    I really need to get round to Wagner. At this point I have seen 2 contemporary operas vs none of his and with a third coming up very soon...
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    Despite loving the gift of this DVD from a friend...

    Despite loving the gift of this DVD from a friend here on Opera Lively (Always and ever thankful for that particular gift!!!!) I can never find myself loving this Opera as much as Puccini's others. I...
  7. While I do think his experiments in Baritone...

    While I do think his experiments in Baritone roles are damaging my personal hope is that they are regarded as a folly by a proud singer due to his vast and excellently recorded history in the audio...
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    To bring this discussion back on topic I think we...

    To bring this discussion back on topic I think we should not discount Modern opera and Puccini's influence and how much he could have further influenced it had he lived longer. Puccini is in many...
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    After having engaged in typical University...

    After having engaged in typical University student activities I decided on a whim to buy a selection by Strauss of Polkas Marches and Waltzes
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    After I had regained full use of my senses I...
  10. Domingo as a Baritone?

    Domingo as a Baritone?
  11. In exploring Verdi further I will always...

    In exploring Verdi further I will always recommend Un Ballo In Maschera and Rigoletto those two are real winners if you enjoyed Il Trovatore though Rigoletto is possibly Verdi's most upsetting opera.
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    Placido as Gianni I find somewhat discomforting...

    Placido as Gianni I find somewhat discomforting though I am pleased Opolais is not attempting to do all 3. As Il Trittico holds a special place in my heart I guess I just want the best possible cast...
  13. I would disagree with the example of Written on...

    I would disagree with the example of Written on Skin. Which I found remarkably melodic and with a definite stream of consciousness throughout. I only hope the same can be repeated in Lessons of Love...
  14. I would love to hear about what he considers the...

    I would love to hear about what he considers the favourite of his Verdi recordings and if he ever listens to his own opera recordings as he has so many of a high standard. Also his opinion of which...
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    The final scene of Aida is definitely one of its...

    The final scene of Aida is definitely one of its highlights and is the reason I keep the Muti recording around of it. I will never fault Aida as having bad music I just think the opera as a whole...
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    Gambling that he can pull it off again I got a...

    Gambling that he can pull it off again I got a ticket to see "Lessons in love and Violence" this coming May. I just hope that lightning is going to strike twice with George Benjamin and he can pull...
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    I don't think it will be any surprise as to which...

    I don't think it will be any surprise as to which Opera I am going to mention :devilish:

    Despite many attempts over the years I have just never "got" Aida. Though I admit some of itS music is...
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    Been busy a while but glad to see this thread on...

    Been busy a while but glad to see this thread on my return! It might be guessed given my username that I am a fair Puccini fan. La Fanciulla is certainly underrated though I have a great love for...
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    This production is a wonderful one as well....

    This production is a wonderful one as well. Falstaff surprised me a lot when I first watched it as I had gotten pessimistic on later Verdi after by initial disappointment with Aida. Fortunately...
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    The train journey from London to Falmouth had the...

    The train journey from London to Falmouth had the joys of a replacement bus service (yay). I was mostly reading (through wifi) but had time to listen to an old favourite for one and a half acts ...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PJix23IeF8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PJix23IeF8
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    Leonora decides that Di Luna and Manrico are both...

    Leonora decides that Di Luna and Manrico are both acting childish and uses convenient poison necklace vial to do away with both before running away with Ferrando as he is clearly more intelligent...
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    At the moment my plan is to get through 3 or 4...

    At the moment my plan is to get through 3 or 4 more of the galley year operas that I posses or have subtitled youtube links to before watching the middle period I Vespri Sicilliani then finishing the...
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    Continuing my aim to watch all of Verdi's operas...

    Continuing my aim to watch all of Verdi's operas (including Jerusalem and Aroldo) I have received 4 of the operas as gifts for Christmas. The first one I watched was the Tutto Verdi Un Giorno Di...
  25. Sticky: Coming in late here -Intermezzo, Cavalleria...

    Coming in late here
    -Intermezzo, Cavalleria Rusticana -1
    -The Moon Song, Rusalka -1
    -Meditation, Thais - 2
    -Soave sia il vento, Cosi fan tutte - 3
    -Laschia chi'io pianga, Rinaldo - 1
    -Ombra mai...
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