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    Mozart's Early Operas

    I've been aquainting myself with Mozart's little known early operas from library borrowings lately , and it's interesting to see how the child prodigy developed his skills in writing operas ...
  2. Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic gave...

    Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic gave an acclaimed series of concert performances of Dallapiccola's "Il Prigionero " in Avery Fisher hall this June . I can't recall th e names of the...
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    Though not well known to the general operagoing...

    Though not well known to the general operagoing public, Maskarade is a gem of a comic opera ! It's one of the funniest, most exuberant, witty and joyous works in the operatic repertoire . ...
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    There are so many opera ocnductors, past and...

    There are so many opera ocnductors, past and present, whose work I admire greatly . Karajan, Solti, Furtwangler, Klemperer, Boehm, Knappertsbusch , Kempe, Jochum, DeSabata, Serafin, Beecham,...
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    There's a live recording of Verdi's Un Ballo in...

    There's a live recording of Verdi's Un Ballo in Machera from Cologne around 1950 in German conducted by
    Fritz Busch shortly before his untimely death with none other than the young...
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    I've been a Wagner nut since I was a teenager ...

    I've been a Wagner nut since I was a teenager beginning nearly 50 years ago, and my passionate love for his works has not dimmed in the least bit . I can't pick a favorite from his works ; they're...
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    The Mozart piano variations on this Gluck melody...

    The Mozart piano variations on this Gluck melody is the finale of the Tchaikovsky orchestral suite no 4,
    "Mozartiana" , which is an orchestration of several Mozart works .
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    I've been listening to an exciting live Medea by...

    I've been listening to an exciting live Medea by Cherubini on Melodram , with Rysanek, Popp, Bruno Prevedi and Nicola Ghiuselev , conducted by the late Horst Stein , which I got on library interloan...
  9. Havergal Brian's Mind-boggling "Gothic" Symphony

    The obscure but fascinating English composer Havergal Brian (1876-1972 ) never had much success during his long life . He came from a poor working class English family , was almost entirely...
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    Here's an example of how a conductor can ruin...

    Here's an example of how a conductor can ruin performances , ironically one who has been greatly acclaimed in many circles .
    The EMI ,later on Chandos Ring conducted by Sir Reginald Goodall ...
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    Italian does have stress on syllables , and...

    Italian does have stress on syllables , and French tends to stress the last syllable. Not every French vowel is distinct, and the schwa is common as in English and German, unlike Italian or Spanish...
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    Composers Who Never Wrote Operas

    How many famous or not so famous composers can you name who never wrote any operas ? Here are some : J.S. Bach , Chopin,
    Bruckner, Mahler (he completed an unfinished opera by Weber and there are...
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    Welcome to our forum ! It's always great to see...

    Welcome to our forum ! It's always great to see new converts to the joys of opera ! The recommendations are excellent . The best way to get into Wagner would be to try Der Fliegende Hollander(the...
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    I watched the whole shebang last week, and I ...

    I watched the whole shebang last week, and I actually liked the production very much; it worked for me, at least, on TV. The controversial planks did not sound distractingly loud at all, and the...
  15. Is the conductor supposed to use a rifle rather...

    Is the conductor supposed to use a rifle rather than abaton to conduct the opera ? Sounds pretty awkward !
  16. I have just one word to describe this screed :...

    I have just one word to describe this screed : DUMB . It just rehashes the same old myths and platitutudes about opera.
    In fact, from what I have seen in recent years, the overall quality of...
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    I have the excellent Decca recording conducted by...

    I have the excellent Decca recording conducted by Riccardo Chailly with the Berlin RSO(now the Deutsches sinfonie orchester) , Susan Dunn(whatever happened to her?), Siegfried Jerusalem and Brigitte...
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    There is a live recording of Das Liebesverbot on ...

    There is a live recording of Das Liebesverbot on the Orfeo label, which may not be available, with Wolfgang Sawallisch at the Bavarian State opera. I don't remember the cast members, but I heard it...
  19. There are so many neglected but worthwhile operas...

    There are so many neglected but worthwhile operas which have been recorded maybe once or twice .
    I recently borrowed the EMI recording of "La Muette De Portici" by Daniel francois Auber on library...
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    Here are some other lesser-known Russian operas...

    Here are some other lesser-known Russian operas which are well worth getting to know , either on CD or DVD.

    Tchaikovsky : Mazeppa . The Maid of Orleans . The Enchantress. Iolanta .

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    I have CDs of "The Devil and kate" on Supraphon...

    I have CDs of "The Devil and kate" on Supraphon , and his final opera "Armida", the same story as the operas by Gluck,Rossini and other composers , a live performance from Prague conducted by...
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    "Sour" Angelica ? Holy cow, that's one of the...

    "Sour" Angelica ? Holy cow, that's one of the best unintentionally funny typos I've seen in a long time !
    I guess it could have been called that if Maria Callas had ever sung that role ,with...
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    P.S. Wagner consulted with Franz Strauss on his...

    P.S. Wagner consulted with Franz Strauss on his horn parts for the Ring,Tristan and Meistersinger. The two men could not stand each other , even though Wagner had great admiration for the playing...
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    Operas With Great Horn Parts

    My user name superhorn is not without reason; I used to be active as a free lance horn player for many years but have had to give up playing becuase of a physical disability . I've played a fair...
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    I have the live Marco Polo recording of this...

    I have the live Marco Polo recording of this opera from the Wexford festival in Ireland, where so many interesting obscure operas have been performed . It features Anatoly Luchak as the Demon , and...
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