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    Watched this super old movie version of La forza del destino:

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041385/

    It's heavily abridged and the narrator often won't shut up, but it has some nice things, like actually showing the battle, actually showing both duels, a young and really damn attractive Tito Gobbi, and a wonderful Giulio Neri. Also, the Carlo/Alvaro UST is excellent. Gobbi pretty much steals the show.

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    Simon Boccanegra from Vienna with Thomas Hampson, Francesco Meli and Marina Rebecca (and a few all too brief minutes of Ryan Speedo Brown, what a voice)



    I am listening to this a lot at the moment and it is climbing in my estimation. It has echoes of Otello which is not surprising as it was being revised around the same time of the latter's composition.
    Natalie

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    Conductor/orchestra: Nikolaus Harnoncourt, The Monteverdi Ensemble of the Zürich Opera House
    Director: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
    Cast: Rachel Yakar (Poppea), Eric Tappy (Nerone), Trudeliese Schmidt (Ottavia), Paul Esswood (Ottone), Matti Salminen (Seneca), Janet Perry (Drusilla), et. al.

    Getting ready to attend the Cincinnati Opera's performance of this opera in a few weeks by watching this video again. Lots of wonderful singers who are also great actors -- love the maniacal look that sometimes fills the eyes of Eric Tappy's Nerone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post


    Conductor/orchestra: Nikolaus Harnoncourt, The Monteverdi Ensemble of the Zürich Opera House
    Director: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
    Cast: Rachel Yakar (Poppea), Eric Tappy (Nerone), Trudeliese Schmidt (Ottavia), Paul Esswood (Ottone), Matti Salminen (Seneca), Janet Perry (Drusilla), et. al.

    Getting ready to attend the Cincinnati Opera's performance of this opera in a few weeks by watching this video again. Lots of wonderful singers who are also great actors -- love the maniacal look that sometimes fills the eyes of Eric Tappy's Nerone!
    It's Ponnelle so there is going to be some over-the-top hysteria somewhere!
    Natalie

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    Andrea Chenier from Vienna with the dream team of Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros and Roberto Frontali.

    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 watched the Cosi fan Tutte from the Met set in Coney Island. Christopher Maltman was wonderful as Don Alfonso, and I thought the others acquitted themselves well apart from the soprano who seemed to struggle with Fiordiligi (it IS a hard part, first time I really realised this when I heard someone not do so well.). However despite all the pyrotechnics (literally) and engaging stage business, it was not a satisfying Cosi; this is a problematic plot particularly in the current #Metoo climate and this just skimmed over all the unpleasant manipulation and heartache, settling instead for a traditional happy ending. Only the Glyndebourne DVD got this this right.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I watched the Cosi fan Tutte from the Met set in Coney Island. Christopher Maltman was wonderful as Don Alfonso, and I thought the others acquitted themselves well apart from the soprano who seemed to struggle with Fiordiligi (it IS a hard part, first time I really realised this when I heard someone not do so well.). However despite all the pyrotechnics (literally) and engaging stage business, it was not a satisfying Cosi; this is a problematic plot particularly in the current #Metoo climate and this just skimmed over all the unpleasant manipulation and heartache, settling instead for a traditional happy ending. Only the Glyndebourne DVD got this this right.

    Not only. Aix-en-Provence got it right too. I love the Glyndebourne DVD but I still think that the Aix Così was the best I've ever seen. And of course, not only the stage direction was outstanding, but the cast was superb. How can one not love the fabulous, sexy, smart Kate Lindsey? Anything with her, shines.
    "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
    Not only. Aix-en-Provence got it right too. I love the Glyndebourne DVD but I still think that the Aix Così was the best I've ever seen. And of course, not only the stage direction was outstanding, but the cast was superb. How can one not love the fabulous, sexy, smart Kate Lindsey? Anything with her, shines.
    Yes, the Aix one certainly explored the darker side, and I have quite a girl crush on Kate Lindsey, but I didn't find it as emotionally satisfying as the Glyndebourne one.
    Natalie

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    Surprised it took me this long to get to this opera (I had been hoping a stream of Deborah Warner's new production would pop up somewhere). I thought it was really terrific, especially the whole riveting second half. This production certainly does it justice; Billy seems like a hard role to cast believably but Jacques Imbrailo is PERFECT.

    I won't be joining that "Dislike" group is all I'm saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemorino View Post
    Surprised it took me this long to get to this opera (I had been hoping a stream of Deborah Warner's new production would pop up somewhere). I thought it was really terrific, especially the whole riveting second half. This production certainly does it justice; Billy seems like a hard role to cast believably but Jacques Imbrailo is PERFECT.

    I won't be joining that "Dislike" group is all I'm saying.

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    I'm a member of the dislike group, for two reasons. 1) No sopranos. 2) No mezzo-sopranos.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Watched I masnadieri (from Naples). I'm in love! The music is really beautiful, and the villain steals the show.

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    Don Giovanni from Vienna with Simon Keenlyside and Erwin Schrott.

    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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