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    Same production as the DVD with Ramey, and I enjoyed it at least as much; of course the sound quality and picture are much better:

    Natalie

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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    I really enjoyed this version of Artaserse (and for once I already knew the plot), but it would have been worth buying just for this tour de force from Franco Fagioli:

    Natalie

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    Rented from Amazon video, Verdi's first opera:


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    Don Giovanni opera with English subtitles. Zurich 2001 production.

    Don Giovanni - Rodney Gilfry
    Leporello - László Polgár
    Donna Anna - Isabel Rey
    Don Octtavio - Roberto Saccŕ
    Donna Elvira - Cecilia Bartoli
    Zerlina - Liliana Nikiteanu
    Masetto - Oliver Widmer
    Commendatore - Matti Salminen
    Conductor - Nikolaus Harnoncount
    Director - Brian Large

    Not keen on Gilfry but László Polgár's Leporello is wonderful. Sad that he died young. Bartoli is superb.
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    I rather wish I had not watched the Carsen San Francisco production because it was still in my mind when I saw this which seemed rather glum and daft in comparison. Great singing from the boys though.

    Natalie

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    Last opera for me in 2016 was Le nozze di Figaro in the David Bösch production in Amsterdam (on Opera Platform). Great show, I thought. There were a couple directorial touches that didn't quite come off well, but a lot that I really enjoyed. In particular, the bit of "curtain up" staging that goes on during the overture is pretty fantastic, in my opinion. A good introduction to some of the characters, and a whirlwind of busy-ness that fits thematically with the music. I encourage you all to go watch that bit, even if you don't watch the whole thing; I want to hear what the rest of you think.

    Personally, I like the idea of staging something during overtures (although, it's usually not done as well as this), but I hear it's not popular with everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemorino View Post
    Last opera for me in 2016 was Le nozze di Figaro in the David Bösch production in Amsterdam (on Opera Platform). Great show, I thought. There were a couple directorial touches that didn't quite come off well, but a lot that I really enjoyed. In particular, the bit of "curtain up" staging that goes on during the overture is pretty fantastic, in my opinion. A good introduction to some of the characters, and a whirlwind of busy-ness that fits thematically with the music. I encourage you all to go watch that bit, even if you don't watch the whole thing; I want to hear what the rest of you think.

    Personally, I like the idea of staging something during overtures (although, it's usually not done as well as this), but I hear it's not popular with everyone.
    That's one of my favourite productions!
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    The perfect start to a new year! (Well, it is for me, anyway!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    The perfect start to a new year! (Well, it is for me, anyway!)
    Way to stay true to your passions, Mary! You always show such . . . fidelity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post


    The perfect start to a new year! (Well, it is for me, anyway!)
    I have about eight Fidelio DVDs and this one is wonderful, although not my favorite for the sets. Camille Nylund is a great Fidelio too.

    I started my new year with a complete listen to the Krauss Ring. Am on Gotterdammerung now. Just could not fit it into one day.
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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Having an Opera Platform binge watch

    Monteverdi's Orfeo, translated into German and with a new orchestration (and new music?), by composer Elena Kats-Chernin, in a visually gorgeous production by the ubiquitous Barrie Kosky. Standout performance from Dominik Köninger as Orpheus who can do complicated dances and sing arias at the same time.


    Rossini La Cenerentola
    from Lille. Didn't like the production (too many 70s colours, and the makeup made everyone look like Mimě in the last stages of acute consumption), but gorgeous singing especially from Emily Fons and Taylor Stayton.

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    Natalie

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    ^ That Cenerentola looks very interesting!
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    gorgeous singing especially from Emily Fons
    Yay! She was a standout performer at Santa Fe last summer, and that with only the small role of Stephano in Romeo et Juliette. She's one to watch out for, I think.

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