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    Sticky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AabAJ2KLRiM ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AabAJ2KLRiM

    The musical performance in this recent production of Aida from the Opéra Bastille is top-class. The staging . . . well, the director evidently has some...
  2. Thread: Opera Small Talk

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    Sticky: Just received an email missive from the...

    Just received an email missive from the Cincinnati Opera's general and artistic directors announcing plans to move to a "Plan B" for the 2021 season. This means there won't be the usual performances...
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    Bayreuth ...

    Bayreuth

    https://www.bayreuther-festspiele.de/en/festspiele/news/2021/the-festival-management-announces-the-program-for-the-2021-festival-season/
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    Can't have too much Beethoven! :encouragement:

    Can't have too much Beethoven! :encouragement:
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    Rossini in Wildbad Festival ...

    Rossini in Wildbad Festival

    https://www.rossini-in-wildbad.com/rossini/programme-overview/
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    2021 Summer Festivals

    Salzburg

    https://www.salzburgerfestspiele.at/en/tickets/programme?season=136
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    New releases spotted in magazine ads: - Sonya...

    New releases spotted in magazine ads:

    - Sonya Yoncheva: “Rebirth”
    Conductor/orchestra: Leonardo García Alarcón, Cappella Mediterranea
    Selections by Monteverdi, Dowland, and Gibbons: Spanish...
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    A couple of Handel operas plus several rarities...

    A couple of Handel operas plus several rarities are among new recordings reviewed in the January, 2021, issue of Opernwelt (https://www.der-theaterverlag.de/opernwelt/). The summary:

    RECOMMENDED...
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    Recordings of more operatic rarities as well as...

    Recordings of more operatic rarities as well as standard repertoire works, plus an assortment of recital albums are among new releases reviewed in the February, 2021, issue of Das Opernglas...
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    No happy ending, that's for sure.

    No happy ending, that's for sure.
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    Regrettably, I have few recordings of operas in...

    Regrettably, I have few recordings of operas in the Czech (specifically) or Slavic (generally) repertoire. My only other Czech opera is Rusalka, which I suspect you already have.
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    I have the video version of this, and it's...

    I have the video version of this, and it's delightful if a little old-fashioned. (The original film was made for TV.)
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    A feature story on Régine Crespin prompted me to...

    A feature story on Régine Crespin prompted me to look for YouTube clips with her, and among them was this one of her singing Tosca's "Vissi d'arte." This isn't from an actual staged production, and...
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    https://d1iiivw74516uk.cloudfront.net/eyJidWNrZXQi...

    https://d1iiivw74516uk.cloudfront.net/eyJidWNrZXQiOiJwcmVzdG8tY292ZXItaW1hZ2VzIiwia2V5IjoiODAwNTkyMC4xLmpwZyIsImVkaXRzIjp7InRvRm9ybWF0IjoianBlZyJ9LCJ0aW1lc3RhbXAiOjEzMzA0NjMxNDZ9

    Wonderful...
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    Quite a bargain!

    Quite a bargain!
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    In February, the Naxos label will release an...

    In February, the Naxos label will release an audio recording (2 CDs) of Scott Davenport Richards’ opera Blind Injustice, with a libretto by David Cote. The work, which had its world premiere at the...
  17. Thread: Opera Small Talk

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    Sticky: Plácido Domingo celebrates his 80th birthday...

    Plácido Domingo celebrates his 80th birthday today, a memorable milestone in the life of this great artist. While one can’t overlook the findings of investigators hired by the Los Angeles Opera that...
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    This reminded me that the theater in Basel,...

    This reminded me that the theater in Basel, Switzerland, was presenting something called Barbie in Seville as part of its opera offerings in December. Once I stopped laughing after seeing that...
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    No, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on...

    No, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your viewpoint), the only recordings of Serse with a tenor in the title role are on CD.
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    Finally! Recordings of operatic rarities and...

    Finally!

    Recordings of operatic rarities and some new recital discs are reviewed in the December, 2020, issue of Opernwelt (https://www.der-theaterverlag.de/opernwelt/). The summary:
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    This Tosca from the Vienna State Opera has some of today's best interpreters of the three principal roles in Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, and Sir...
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    Sticky: A couple of items gleaned from interviews in the...

    A couple of items gleaned from interviews in the December issue of Das Opernglas:
    - Lawrence Brownlee has another recording in the works, this one an album of 24 Italian songs and arias, among them...
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    I do like Serse, but only in the "historically...

    I do like Serse, but only in the "historically uninformed" style with a tenor in the title role. (I still think JK would be a wonderful Serse!)
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    Still no sign of the December issue of Opernwelt...

    Still no sign of the December issue of Opernwelt -- guess it will show up eventually. But in the meantime . . .

    A couple of familiar operas, some Baroque rarities, one of Haydn’s lesser-known...
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    Now this is the way to begin a new year!...

    Now this is the way to begin a new year! :encouragement:

    That production from Opera Lafayette reuses the same company's staging from performances of Gaveaux's Léonore, and even has the same...
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