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    Quote Originally Posted by Da55id View Post
    I usually refer to that DVD as "the abomination."
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I dumped my copy, as well. But as far as Trovatore on DVD, the Met version is my current favorite. Radvanovsky isn't quite as good as Netrebko's later Met performance (which is a master class in Verdi singing, IMHO, and is almost complete with opened repeats) but Sondra does an excellent job, and does Dima (RIP).

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    La forza del destino. Gergiev 1998.



    It's on next year at ROH and I would love love love to see it but with this cast, it may have to be from the upper standing slips! https://www.roh.org.uk/productions/l...-christof-loy-
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

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    I'm watching a recent Salzburg Figaro broadcast by Sky Arts, Multi level, multi room setting, 1940ish. Apart from Luca Pisaroni, I don't recognise the singers. Not sure if the elaborate setting works and the ladies seem rather shrill. As I write this, there is action in about 4 different 'rooms'!! Waiting for Porgi Amor in the hope of better singing!!
    Does anyone know this version?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Da55id View Post
    I'm watching a recent Salzburg Figaro broadcast by Sky Arts, Multi level, multi room setting, 1940ish. Apart from Luca Pisaroni, I don't recognise the singers. Not sure if the elaborate setting works and the ladies seem rather shrill. As I write this, there is action in about 4 different 'rooms'!! Waiting for Porgi Amor in the hope of better singing!!
    Does anyone know this version?
    Did it improve? I don't know this version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Reading this review, it seems like it was a good production/performance but with some downsides. Well, that's not unheard of.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Some captivating moments interspersed with other moments. Good staging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Some captivating moments interspersed with other moments.
    I see what you did there.

    "Wagner has lovely moments but awful quarters of an hour." -- Gioacchino Rossini

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I see what you did there.

    "Wagner has lovely moments but awful quarters of an hour." -- Gioacchino Rossini
    You're grossly over estimating my intelligence but I like it. I was referring to Harry Kupfer's stage direction which I assume worked better in the theatre than on camera. There are some parts that are almost irritating to the point of distraction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    You're grossly over estimating my intelligence but I like it. I was referring to Harry Kupfer's stage direction which I assume worked better in the theatre than on camera. There are some parts that are almost irritating to the point of distraction.
    Ah! Well then, I have another quote for you.

    "Harry Kupfer's staging works better in the theatre than on camera, and some parts are almost irritating to the point of distraction. It kinda sucks." --Gioacchino Rossini

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    and there's

    "Harry Kupfer had had carpets installed for the first time in his life at his house and was so pleased with it couldn't stop rolling around on the floor. Harry had so much fun he thought everyone else would like to do it." --Giokeynow Rossini

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    Meanwhile I've been lost in Barrie Kosky world....A riot of ideas which I didn't really follow, but there's always KFV to fall back on. I did get rather bored - I think because the characters were more stereotypes than humans in this rendition, and the whole point of Meistersinger should be that these are real people.

    Natalie

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