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    After seeing La traviata recently I've got a bit of a La traviata obsession at the moment.

    Watched this while I did the ironing. Ages since I watched it and forgot how good it was.

    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    After seeing La traviata recently I've got a bit of a La traviata obsession at the moment.

    Watched this while I did the ironing. Ages since I watched it and forgot how good it was.

    One of the best, specially the opening, stage spitted in two, bedroom / living .
    Genius found
    I've seen a live performance once with Sonja Poo she was in dressing gown during the prelude in a chair in front of the audience.
    Within seconds she was gone and fully dressed for the party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    One of the best, specially the opening, stage spitted in two, bedroom / living.
    It's fabulous. And there was no doubting what Violetta's occupation was!


    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    I've seen a live performance once with Sonja Poo she was in dressing gown during the prelude in a chair in front of the audience.
    Within seconds she was gone and fully dressed for the party.
    Wow! She must have had her dressing gown over the top of her party clothes.
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    It's fabulous. And there was no doubting what Violetta's occupation was!




    Wow! She must have had her dressing gown over the top of her party clothes.
    You are so clever, she had also some kind off vale on her head, but it was her, we know for sure by asking.
    ( Groupies in those days)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    (Groupies in those days)
    I still am!
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Bad weather bad news, so I am going to wallow.

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    I watched this, Troyanos also gone to soon.

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    Today watching, loaded by many but I like to see it for my self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post

    Today watching, loaded by many but I like to see it for my self.
    Is there a typo? Did you mean loathed by many or loved by many? I would like to see it too, for Behrens.
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Is there a typo? Did you mean loathed by many or loved by many? I would like to see it too, for Behrens.
    You are right, I mean loathed .
    I hold my head in shame

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    You are right, I mean loathed .
    I hold my head in shame
    It is hard for me to loath anything with Behrens, but her Flying Dutchman was not my favorite. I sold off the DVD, perhaps impetuously but she was too old for Senta and the Dutchman looked like a creep when he is supposed to be mysterious, somewhat ominous, but lovable.
    "Music is enought for a whole lifetime--but a lifetime is not enough for music." --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    Good movie, captures all , remarkable good synchronization between sound and movie.

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    In memory Mirella Freni

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    Oh wow, she died? I didn't know. RIP.
    "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
    Oh wow, she died? I didn't know. RIP.
    From the Presto site.

    The Italian soprano Mirella Freni, who was widely regarded as one of the greatest Verdi and Puccini singers of the twentieth century, has died aged 84.


    Born in Modena in 1935, Freni fell in love with opera at the tender age of five after hearing a recording of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and entered her first singing competition only seven years later, singing Puccini’s Un bel di in front of a jury which included the great tenor Beniamino Gigli, who recognised her talent but advised her to bide her time before embarking on a singing career and to choose her repertoire carefully. (Freni would go on to record Butterfly for Herbert von Karajan in the studio and on film, but declined to sing it on stage – her readiness to turn down roles which she felt pushed her voice beyond its natural comfort-zone allowed her to maintain the radiance and beauty of her essentially lyric instrument over the course of a fifty-year career).


    Freni made her professional operatic debut in her hometown in 1955, as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, and came to international prominence five years later when she sang Zerlina at Glyndebourne, returning in 1962 as Mozart's Susanna and as Adina in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of L’elisir d’amore; though Freni became increasingly associated with Verdi and Puccini as her career progressed, she continued to sing Mozart’s soubrettes for several decades, bringing irresistible charm and sensuality to the role of Susanna in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s film of Le nozze di Figaro in 1976.


    In 1963 Freni appeared at La Scala as Mimì in La bohème, which marked the beginning of long-term relationships with both the opera-house and Herbert von Karajan; the consumptive seamstress would become one of her signature-roles, and her 1972 recording of the opera (opposite her childhood friend Luciano Pavarotti and her future husband Nicolai Ghiaurov) is one of her finest achievements on disc. Though she and Karajan subsequently clashed over her refusal to take on roles which she deemed too heavy for her voice, they went on to make numerous acclaimed recordings together, including Verdi’s Otello, Don Carlo and Requiem, and Bizet’s Carmen.


    In the early 1970s Freni began to take on weightier Verdi roles such as Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Elvira in Ernani and Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, recording the latter role for Claudio Abbado to great acclaim in 1978; her marriage to Ghiaurov in the same year also prompted her to explore Russian repertoire, most notably Tchaikovsky's Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and Lisa in The Queen of Spades. Though her voice accrued considerable dramatic power in the second half of her career, its freshness and luminosity remained undiminished, enabling her to perform and record youthful light lyric roles such as Puccini’s Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) with great success well into her fifties.


    Freni’s last major operatic appearance was as Tchaikovsky’s Jeanne d’Arc in Washington in 2005, but she continued to teach and mentor young singers after retirement, first at the University of Bologna and subsequently at the Centro Universale del Bel Canto which she and Ghiaurov set up in Vignola shortly before his death. Her awards and honours included Grammy nominations for her recordings of The Queen of Spades, Eugene Onegin, Ernani and Manon Lescaut, an honorary degree from the University of Pisa, and the Cavaliere di Gran Croce. She died at home in Modena on February 9th after what her management described as ‘a long degenerative illness’.

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