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    I have no experience with ticket resale at the...

    I have no experience with ticket resale at the Met. I'd think it is probably a discouraging market because in my last several trips to the Met (including for operas that belong to the Ring although...
  2. Agreed. I loved it too. I did say "and so on and...

    Agreed. I loved it too. I did say "and so on and so forth" because there are many other good operas in English.

    Well, well, well... Not *all* operas in English are good, though... especially the...
  3. Exceptional operas (among the very, very, very...

    Exceptional operas (among the very, very, very best) with English text:

    Porgy and Bess
    The Rake's Progress
    Written on Skin
    Peter Grimes
    Dido and Aeneas
    The Turn of the Screw
    Susannah
    The...
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    And then, since Shostakovich's waltz is not...

    And then, since Shostakovich's waltz is not really Russian, here is perhaps the most diffused Russian operatic aria about desperate love by a dying lover:

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    Oh, wait a moment. One more. We've been through...

    Oh, wait a moment. One more.
    We've been through the most compelling musical traditions:
    Italy, France, Belgium, Russia (Austrian genre), Spain, Portugal, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, and the...
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    Well, we're an opera site, so, pour finir le...

    Well, we're an opera site, so, pour finir le tour, back to opera. This is overexposed but will never lose its beauty, and is arguably the most beautiful love aria of the entire operatic repertory.
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    Back to Italy. Love song? Oh God, how I love...

    Back to Italy. Love song? Oh God, how I love you... Dio, come ti amo. This is very romantic, folks. Her beloved is leaving from the Naples airport... she asks the staff to lend her the public...
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    Now, from Portugal, the great Amália Rodrigues,...

    Now, from Portugal, the great Amália Rodrigues, the queen of Fado, very beautiful lyrics:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0eayX4QqTs
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    From Spain via France, maybe the most beautiful...

    From Spain via France, maybe the most beautiful love song ever composed, Spanish classical composer Joaquín Rodrigo's masterpiece, Aranjuez ma pensée (beautiful French lyrics), here interpreted by...
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    I have to go back to Cuba. Like I said, they have...

    I have to go back to Cuba. Like I said, they have a special talent for this. Here, we get a mix of the artistry of Cuba and Brazil, with Cuban Pablo Milanés interpreting his famous love song Yolanda...
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    From France, we get Michel Legrand's very poetic...

    From France, we get Michel Legrand's very poetic love song Les Moulins de Mon Coeur


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

    Comme une pierre que l'on jette
    Dans l'eau vive d'un ruisseau...
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    From Canada, the great and late Leonard Cohen (I...

    From Canada, the great and late Leonard Cohen (I was so sad when he passed away):


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zjLBWnZGTU

    Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
    Dance me through...
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    From Belgium, no one is better to express...

    From Belgium, no one is better to express desperate love than Jacques Brel


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz6r0TP4FBI
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    OK, now from my beloved Italy, Paolo Conte with...

    OK, now from my beloved Italy, Paolo Conte with his also very sensual song Via con me, here on top of a clip from the movie Frida:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZOObJjjiOA
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    The Cubans have special talent for love songs....

    The Cubans have special talent for love songs. Here, Lagrimas Negras:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeBdmNParpw
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    Isn't Waltz also the music of love? Here a...

    Isn't Waltz also the music of love? Here a Russian does better than the Austrians...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOK8Jb76ibc
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    From Argentina, love without Tango wouldn't be...

    From Argentina, love without Tango wouldn't be love. Here, an extraordinary scene of Carlos Saura's movie, Tango


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP8I8NIoAqI
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    Now, from Brazil, two very, very sensual sambas....

    Now, from Brazil, two very, very sensual sambas. The lyrics are, well, very hot, if you understand Portuguese (especially the first one, which describes in very arousing - but poetic - terms, a man...
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    From the United States, talking about bands I...

    From the United States, talking about bands I like performing love songs, here is the iconic Amado Mio, with the fabulous band from Portland, Oregon, Pink Martini (sung by the great China Forbes,...
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    From France and Spain, here is one I really love,...

    From France and Spain, here is one I really love, "The Story of a Love", and it is rendered here in both French and Spanish, making it even more beautiful - by the nice band French Latino (an...
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    Thanks, and welcome back! Great selection, and...

    Thanks, and welcome back! Great selection, and very timely as usual!

    I'll try a little tour du monde of love songs, too. Sorry for hitching a ride here.
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    I remember that there is more than one DVD of the ROH's Carmen, as well. One with JK an ACA, and the other one with two less known singers, but on 3-D. I liked both.
  23. So, here is Isabel Leonard's full interview with...

    So, here is Isabel Leonard's full interview with us (the third with this artist), where she extensively addressed Pélleas et Mélisande, with some very interesting insights:
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  24. Here is what Isabel had to say about Marnie, in...

    Here is what Isabel had to say about Marnie, in her most recent interview with us (full interview [here]):

    OL - Now, let us put Pélleas et Mélisande aside, and talk about other aspects of your...
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    Welcome to Opera Lively! I hope you find a...

    Welcome to Opera Lively! I hope you find a recording of your mother.
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