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    Sticky: I love this so so much. Dima is the perfect Demon...

    I love this so so much. Dima is the perfect Demon and the music is so gorgeous.
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    Still working my way though the Operavision...

    Still working my way though the Operavision backlog and I am very happy that I decided to watch this Rusalka. The singers are all doubled by dancers and this opera-ballet version works very well,...
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    I watched this candyfloss version of Barry's The...

    I watched this candyfloss version of Barry's The Importance of being Earnest on OperaVision. This is the second production of this recent opera that I have seen, the first enlivened by the...
  4. The answer: Lots of spaghetti aglio olio...

    The answer: Lots of spaghetti aglio olio peperoncino. The garlic will come out of every pore and you can't smell anything else. I'm very glad I'm only teaching online at the moment or all my students...
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    This is a worrying article: NATS Panel of Experts...

    This is a worrying article: NATS Panel of Experts Lays Out Sobering Future for Singers: "No Vaccine, No Safe Public Singing"

    So even if you could make it safe for the audience, you can't for the...
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    I have just discovered that Auckland libraries...

    I have just discovered that Auckland libraries subscribes to Naxos Music library. I couldn't get in this morning as they had reached their numbers limit but now happy to be listening to this little...
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    Seconded! Happy that I saw some of them in...

    Seconded! Happy that I saw some of them in person, although not Ruggero Raimondi to my everlasting regret.
  8. Wow, is skunk really as horrible as people say?

    Wow, is skunk really as horrible as people say?
  9. We originally were on a teddy treasure hunt when...

    We originally were on a teddy treasure hunt when we walked during the day but now we look for friendly cats (which we don't touch but chat to) I enjoy our evening walks. I find it's a good way to...
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    I haven't been watching much opera recently but...

    I haven't been watching much opera recently but I'm currently watching La Forza del Destino from Royal Opera House with Der Jonas, Trebs and Ludovic Tezier who is actually acting!!!! What a...
  11. Hello checking in - in New Zealand we are in our...

    Hello checking in - in New Zealand we are in our first week of Level 3 Lockdown after 5 weeks of level 4 lockdown. Having the alert levels makes it much easier to work out what you are and aren't...
  12. All Stage directors: Make sure that you ask your...

    All Stage directors: Make sure that you ask your singers to do physically difficult actions in the middle of their tricky arias. You know, sing upside down (Trebs in Puritani) , crawl through tubes...
  13. "Opera is going to the dogs" 1720s style

    What advice could we add to bring this up to date?


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    Wow. I've pretty much put new purchases on hold...

    Wow. I've pretty much put new purchases on hold as I have run out of room, but I might NEED this.
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    Just watched this too. I liked it, didn't mind...

    Just watched this too. I liked it, didn't mind the final scene, I prefer to imagine my blood!
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    I've just finished Paria By Moniusko ...

    I've just finished Paria By Moniusko on Operavision and boy it was powerful stuff. An interesting staging in a sports stadium with the singers in the midst of the audience. Wonderful soprano....
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    Glad you are on the way to recovery and good luck...

    Glad you are on the way to recovery and good luck with yout plans.

    I've been offsite for a bit; partly due to having a new job with a lot of teaching and therefore preparation; partly also I've...
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    The writers of the Good Place are clearly opera...

    The writers of the Good Place are clearly opera fans. Everything in red will get you sent to the bad place.

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    I've listened to Le Willis - loved Arsen...

    I've listened to Le Willis - loved Arsen Soghomonyan. more please; and Peter Mattei's Winterreise which is probably the most purely beautiful version I own.
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    Happy settling in. Gonna get cold, lots of...

    Happy settling in. Gonna get cold, lots of excuses to huddle round the fire with a nice boxed set and a cuppa.
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    Sticky: Another reason to love him.

    Another reason to love him.
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    Sticky: That said, I am a great admirer of some of Peter...

    That said, I am a great admirer of some of Peter Sellars' additions - his recent Salzburg Clemenza re-imagined with terrorist themes, with the replacement of recits by music from Mozart's Masonic...
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    While waiting this morning for my husband to come...

    While waiting this morning for my husband to come out of prostate cancer surgery. He's doing fine.

    Mascagni: L'Amico Fritz
    Roberto Alagna (Fritz), Angela Gheorghiu (Suzel), Laura Polverelli...
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    Some great choral and hunting scenes. Not all the...

    Some great choral and hunting scenes. Not all the arias are actually by Vivaldi; some by Giacomelli, Leo, Hasse, but the opera is very lovely.

    Vivaldi: Dorilla in Tempe
    Romina Basso (Dorilla),...
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    I like this one.

    I like this one.
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