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    I am rewatching La Rondine with Angela and Roberto


    I'm starting to think that you can't make any mistakes by watching Puccini, his work is just that good, good music guaranteed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DasNino View Post
    I am rewatching La Rondine with Angela and Roberto


    I'm starting to think that you can't make any mistakes by watching Puccini, his work is just that good, good music guaranteed!
    And this is a perfectly cast performance.
    Natalie

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    Great cast, great conductor, great production!

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    Six Fanciullas watched so far. Three to go. Tonight I start this one:



    EDIT: Finished Act 1. Very unusual production but not bad. I think they cut the part where the guy is cheating at cards and the sheriff pins a card to him. Also like that the Rance is the same as in the last one I watched (Dessi).

    So far, the set with Dessi is perhaps my favorite. Really like the singing in that one even though they are wearing those goofy (recording?) microphones and the set is kind of strange, but workable.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Just finished the Pink Trailer Fanciulla ( ^ ). I like it a lot. The ending is very strange.
    Seven watched, two to go. Tonight I start this one:
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Starting this tonight. This is number 9 of 9 Fanciulla DVDs.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Verdi- Don Carlo, conducted by Antonio Pappano

    I actually had the house to myself for a couple of hours this afternoon, so I was able to watch an opera on our big screen TV rather than being relegated to my laptop!!! This performance is phenomenal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
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    I actually had the house to myself for a couple of hours this afternoon, so I was able to watch an opera on our big screen TV rather than being relegated to my laptop!!!
    Ha, I feel your pain! Same situation at my place.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    I actually had the house to myself for a couple of hours this afternoon, so I was able to watch an opera on our big screen TV rather than being relegated to my laptop!!! This performance is phenomenal
    I also feel your pain. It is rare when I can watch an entire opera in one sitting. And usually my opera watching is after 11 pm.
    "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 DasNino View Post
    I am rewatching La Rondine with Angela and Roberto


    I'm starting to think that you can't make any mistakes by watching Puccini, his work is just that good, good music guaranteed!
    Glad you posted this, serves as a reminder to put it on my birthday wishlist!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post


    Great cast, great conductor, great production!
    And this one goes on the birthday list too!

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    This one is very good. The Dutchman has a great voice for the part. Senta is spooky, sort of acts like she is mentally ill. Whole production is excellent! So good I can't stop watching it. Probably finish tonight.
    "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 Florestan View Post
    This one is very good. The Dutchman has a great voice for the part. Senta is spooky, sort of acts like she is mentally ill. Whole production is excellent! So good I can't stop watching it. Probably finish tonight.
    Yes, if I remember correctly, this is my preferred one on DVD.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Yes, if I remember correctly, this is my preferred one on DVD.
    Mine too. And, I think Amfortas's.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Yes, if I remember correctly, this is my preferred one on DVD.
    Well, my preferred is still Sawallisch, but where this one outshines the Sawallisch set is that Lizbeth Balslev is an awesome Senta. She is so extreme and the look on her face is so intense, so focused, so eerie. Her voice is also awesome for Senta.

    I also love the Senta of Sawallisch. There is something about how Balslev looks:


    that the Sawallisch Senta, Catarina Ligendza, does not capture:
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Watching this one. Picture quality is helped by keeping the screen size smaller.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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