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  1. Much of what Alma said above rings true to me. I...

    Much of what Alma said above rings true to me. I got into opera at a very early age from the dramatic side: since I loved fairy tales and mythology, Hänsel und Gretel, Die Zauberflöte and the Ring...
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    Poll: I only fit four of the poseur categories, but...

    I only fit four of the poseur categories, but that is more because of semantics than because I have never done the actions. For instance, I am not on Twitter or Facebook, but I have certainly...
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    Sticky: Naughty Alma! Palpation, indeed!

    Naughty Alma! Palpation, indeed!
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    Sticky: Reading between the lines, it seems that she may...

    Reading between the lines, it seems that she may have been irritated with her interviewer. Such comments as 'You insult me...', 'Let's get off that subject' and 'We should talk about serious...
  6. All things considered, I think I must second...

    All things considered, I think I must second Alma's comment: I love Capriccio, but Die Frau ohne Schatten is very close to my heart. It was the first Strauss opera I saw live at the age of...
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  8. I see the score has finally been published! When...

    I see the score has finally been published! When I learned the obbligato flute part to Lord Sidney's aria in 1986, I had to read it from a piece of manuscript. These young whippersnappers have it so...
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    Harnoncourt's tempi are also quite slow in his...

    Harnoncourt's tempi are also quite slow in his studio Figaro. He gives interesting reasons for this in his interview in the booklet that comes with the set, but unfortunately in practical reality...
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    No real theories here, but it does put me in mind...

    No real theories here, but it does put me in mind of Anja Silja, whose grandfather had allegedly taught her the entire Ring cycle by the time she reached the age of ten years. She made her debut in...
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    Sticky: Yes, and the writer sounds so megalomaniacal! He...

    Yes, and the writer sounds so megalomaniacal! He behaves as if the website is the prime mover behind all operatic business in the USA.
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    A fabulous recording of enchanting music by an...

    A fabulous recording of enchanting music by an all-but-forgotten master. Schigolch, as usual your taste is impeccable. :tiphat:
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    My late partner was an absolute Callas maniac. He...

    My late partner was an absolute Callas maniac. He had to have everything she ever recorded, usually in multiple masterings. I am also a Callas fan, but his obsessive mania put mine in the shade. I...
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    I don't think of myself as 'antagonistic' toward...

    I don't think of myself as 'antagonistic' toward Miss Zampieri. If fact, the first review I ever read of her singing(in the Sinopoli Macbeth; the critic tore her to shreds)made me intensely curious...
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    The conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt once said,...

    The conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt once said, 'Mozart needs no improvement; he is invariably right'. To my mind, especially the works from 1788 and later, for instance the clarinet concerto, the...
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    What he said. :)

    What he said. :)
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    The main problem I see is one of dramatic...

    The main problem I see is one of dramatic balance: the thought of an entire chorus lusting after the unconscious Tamino or hectoring the two men in the Act II initiation trials is ludicrous; the...
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    Nice review, MAuer! Sounds like an interesting...

    Nice review, MAuer! Sounds like an interesting night in the theatre.

    When you mentioned that 'Dalla sua pace' had been cut, I thought perhaps they were sticking to the original Prague version,...
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    Excellent! I can recommend a good hotel, and the...

    Excellent! I can recommend a good hotel, and the restaurant there is top-drawer!

    And BTW, my sorrow at your lack of good CD shops is completely offset whenever I see photos of the New Zealand...
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    What a shame! I'm going out of town that week! ...

    What a shame! I'm going out of town that week! :devilish:

    Seriously, though, the 'treasure trove' is called Amoeba Music, and there are locations in San Francisco, Berkeley and Hollywood, so if...
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    Don't be so impressed, you guys! It is just...

    Don't be so impressed, you guys! It is just further evidence of my inability to resist temptation. :sorrow:
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    Thank you! :)

    Thank you! :)
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    Over the weekend I visited my local used CD shop,...

    Over the weekend I visited my local used CD shop, and I suffered an attack of consumer-itis. When the dust cleared, this was the damage:


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    According to OL member Aksel, Jacobs plans to...

    According to OL member Aksel, Jacobs plans to record all the Mozart operas, which means I am waiting on pins and needles for Mitridate, my personal favorite. I also wish he would record Haydn's Il...
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