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    Otello from Teatro Real with Gregory Kunde, Ermonela Jaho, George Petean. Kunde had moments or sheer brilliance - brought me to tears in fact, but the part seems a size too big for him in the more declamatory sections.

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    A very good production of Schreker's Die Gezeichneten from opera de Lyon - much better than the production currently available on DVD from Salzburg. Charles Workman (an underrated tenor) was brilliant in the main role of Alviano.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Otello from Teatro Real with Gregory Kunde, Ermonela Jaho, George Petean. Kunde had moments or sheer brilliance - brought me to tears in fact, but the part seems a size too big for him in the more declamatory sections.
    The "Esultate" seemed a bit more powerful than I would have expected from him. I guess he's worked his way up to the role vocally, at least in part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    The "Esultate" seemed a bit more powerful than I would have expected from him. I guess he's worked his way up to the role vocally, at least in part.
    Yes, but he definitely started to sound a bit ragged at times. His solitary reflective moments were gorgeous though, very moving.
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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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    ^^^ A beautiful, traditional production, with some great singing (notably from James Morris). Still, every time I visualize Gary Lakes and Jessye Norman cavorting as the Wälsung twins, my heart yearns for Peter Hoffmann and Jeanine Altmeyer from the Chereau/Boulez.



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    Walkure Act III was absolutely wonderful! Among the best I have ever seen in opera. Now I am beginning this:
    "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 Amfortas View Post
    ^^^ A beautiful, traditional production, with some great singing (notably from James Morris). Still, every time I visualize Gary Lakes and Jessye Norman cavorting as the Wälsung twins, my heart yearns for Peter Hoffmann and Jeanine Altmeyer from the Chereau/Boulez.
    Definitely the most convincing twins in Ring DVD history.
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    Still, every time I visualize Gary Lakes and Jessye Norman cavorting as the Wälsung twins

    Yes, but Jessye Norman's German is nearly perfect...

    Though, I would guess that the cavorting part might have been a bit of a challenge...

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    Alcina from Madrid with Christine Rice, Karina Gauvin, Sonia Prina and Alan Clayton. Rather silly and disjointed production but worth a watch for Rice.

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    I'm enoying this fun and fast-paced Falstaff
    Verdi is so awesome.


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    The flying Dutchman from Finnish National Opera on Opera Platform, in an intelligent Regie production by Kasper Holten. Singing also excellent. Worth a watch if you feel adventurous.
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    That looks like Camilla Nylund as Senta. Definitely need to have a listen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    That looks like Camilla Nylund as Senta. Definitely need to have a listen.
    Yes, and she's great.
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