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  1. O is for operetta, which is generally considered...

    O is for operetta, which is generally considered less highbrow and lower quality than opera - a class distinction I would argue against as only being true of some operettas, only true of some...
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    Wow, so many wonderful posts, with some very...

    Wow, so many wonderful posts, with some very interesting points, including...

    MAuer's post about the lasting effect of what we were exposed to at an early age is partly true for me. I heard very...
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    Poll: How parochial! The latest HyperSampling MegaPoll...

    How parochial! The latest HyperSampling MegaPoll indicates that Verdi's fame is intergalactic, whereas Wagner's is merely intragalactic.
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    Poll: Also late to the party, because I only noticed...

    Also late to the party, because I only noticed this old thread when it was "bumped" up the list yesterday.

    After much indecision I voted for Verdi because he wrote a greater number of my favorite...
  5. Thread: Maria Ewing

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    Thanks for the tip Amfortas. I have just ordered...

    Thanks for the tip Amfortas. I have just ordered that DVD.
    I've seen a few productions of L'Incoronazione online, enjoyable enough to know I like that opera, and I can easily believe Maria will be...
  6. Thread: Popular music

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    A very effective protest song, which still has...

    A very effective protest song, which still has great nostalgia value for me...
    1984 'Nelson Mandela" by The Special AKA (previously named The Specials)

    ...
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    Met Opera on Demand

    A subscription to Met Opera on Demand costs US$15 per month, which has seemed worth the cost for a few months, as the collection includes some gems you won't find elsewhere on the internet.

    It's...
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    Poll: I wanted to choose four: Anna Bolena, Maria...

    I wanted to choose four: Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, L'elisir and Lucia.
    Eventually I let their plots be the deciding factor so I dropped Lucia - yet another story about a good girl whose father (in...
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    --- a lovely man with a lovely voice --- ...

    --- a lovely man with a lovely voice ---

    Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu is blind since birth and self taught on guitar (which he plays upside down because he is left handed but only had a borrowed...
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    Thank you for taking the time to reply so fully....

    Thank you for taking the time to reply so fully. I really appreciate it and I will follow up on your suggestions.

    Actually I started with the Romantics, explored only that era for a while, and...
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    I prefer classical melody and harmony.

    At the risk of stirring up a heated discussion between Modernists versus fans of the Classical, Baroque and Romantic eras...


    I find it difficult to choose between these two opposing theories:
    ...
  12. Another inevitable vote for this one ...

    Another inevitable vote for this one

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    For me, the first half of the first act (the young men being hearty good chaps) is not as moving as...
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    I second Natalie's recommendation of that Met...

    I second Natalie's recommendation of that Met production of Maria Stuarda. It's a great production of a great opera, showing the collision of two powerful and obstinate women - and Elizabeth's...
  14. Thread: Maria Ewing

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    Maria Ewing

    The soprano/mezzo Maria Ewing is 65 this year, so it's a good time to look back over her career, particularly the performances we can still see as video recordings, on disc or on Youtube.

    Because...
  15. Poll: I am less familiar with Leonard, so for me it was...

    I am less familiar with Leonard, so for me it was between DiDonata and Garanca. It was really impossible for me to pick one as "best" as I love both of them.

    It is sometimes said that Elina...
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    Just my inexpert personal opinion... Anna was...

    Just my inexpert personal opinion...

    Anna was in two very different productions of Il Trovatore in 2014 - the Salzburg production which you posted an excerpt from and the Berlin production which I...
  17. Too late to be useful for your interview, but if...

    Too late to be useful for your interview, but if you would still like to see it the whole performance is now available at Met On Demand...
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    Male soprano Radu Marian

    When you want a change from heavy passions of 19th century romantics, and want to hear something light and pretty from the Baroque...

    I recently discovered the male soprano Radu Marian.

    Nearly...
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    Sticky: Wonderful ballet in Rossini's Guillaume Tell - Pesaro 1995

    I remember reading a review of Guillaume Tell. The critic didn't only dislike that particular production, but also the opera itself, saying it was too long and the ballets in particular should be...
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    My favorite songbirds

    Quoting from Wikipedia:
    "The Pied Butcherbird has been considered the most accomplished songbird in Australia, described as a "magic flute" by one writer, richer and clearer than the Australian...
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    A shop in MarketPlace, a small shopping center in...

    A shop in MarketPlace, a small shopping center in Marion Street, Leichhardt (yes two h's) which is a very Italian inner suburb with gelaterias, tratorias, Italian delicatessens, etc.

    Alas I now...
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    [Alan stammers another denial, hoping they won't...

    [Alan stammers another denial, hoping they won't think he doth protest too much, then quickly changes the subject.]
    Ummm, err, all those yummy pictures are making me awfully peckish. I'll have to...
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    For a change from passionate Italian operas, I...

    For a change from passionate Italian operas, I enjoyed the more conversational pace of Richard Strauss's Capriccio (Met 2011, available on Blu-ray and their online Opera on Demand) starring Renee...
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    I also associate "Russian soul" with sentimental...

    I also associate "Russian soul" with sentimental nostalgia, such as in the first scene of this opera, how Madame Larina reminisces about her own courtship and marriage, so long ago. Her current life...
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    Eugene Onegin isn't usually my favorite opera,...

    Eugene Onegin isn't usually my favorite opera, but I really enjoyed this production when I watched it via my subscription to Met On Demand. I could enjoy anything with those stars in it.

    They all...
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