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    This will keep me busy for a while.

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    ^ That reminds me I have watched a couple Meistersingers and still have four in my unwatched pile, including the above. Well, I just started another L'elisir d'amore, but Meistersinger should be in my near-term to-watch list.
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    Public television is doing there best keeping us busy.
    Just seen this one and now recording Parsifal.

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    Starting now.

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    In addition to Sherrill Milnes, this production of Simon Boccanegra has several other Cincinnati Opera alumni in Paul Plishka (Fiesco), James Courtney (Pietro), conductor James Levine, and stage director Tito Capobianco. Paul Plishka sang Philip II in the CO’s 1984 Don Carlo – a production in which Vasile Moldoveanu (Gabriele Adorno) was supposed to sing the title role but became ill and was replaced by Ruben Dominguez. James Courtney appeared with the CO in the early ‘80s as Ferrando (Il Trovatore) and Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette. Cincinnati native James Levine not only returned to his hometown in 1971 to conduct Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (with Roberta Peters’ Rosina), but also appeared as a 12 year-old supernumerary in the CO’s 1954 production of La Bohème. (He was scheduled to conduct the company’s performances of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in 2010 as well, but had to cancel because of illness). Tito Capobianco served as the Cincinnati Opera’s Artistic Director from 1962-64, and returned to direct productions in 1965, 1966, and 1973.

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    I am starting this one, very curious.

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    Time for some drama......

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    ^ Awesome performance. Was my first Traviata which led to about 8 DVDs and a half dozen on CD.
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    Oops, double post, sorry guys.

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    This late ‘70s made-for-television production of the Strauss operetta Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron) marked the international breakthrough of Siegfried Jerusalem when he replaced the ailing Franco Bonisolli in the role of Sándor Barinkay, the “gypsy baron” of the title. There are a couple of Cincinnati Opera alumnae in the cast, too, with Ellen Shade (Saffi) and Janet Perry (Arsena). Shade appeared with the company in a variety of roles between 1977 and 1986, including Violetta, Desdemona, Aida, Mimi, Countess Almaviva, and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus). Perry only sang two comprimario roles in the 1967 season, apparently right before she headed to Europe and established a successful international career as a light lyric soprano.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post


    In addition to Sherrill Milnes, this production of Simon Boccanegra has several other Cincinnati Opera alumni in Paul Plishka (Fiesco), James Courtney (Pietro), conductor James Levine, and stage director Tito Capobianco. Paul Plishka sang Philip II in the CO’s 1984 Don Carlo – a production in which Vasile Moldoveanu (Gabriele Adorno) was supposed to sing the title role but became ill and was replaced by Ruben Dominguez. James Courtney appeared with the CO in the early ‘80s as Ferrando (Il Trovatore) and Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette. Cincinnati native James Levine not only returned to his hometown in 1971 to conduct Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (with Roberta Peters’ Rosina), but also appeared as a 12 year-old supernumerary in the CO’s 1954 production of La Bohème. (He was scheduled to conduct the company’s performances of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in 2010 as well, but had to cancel because of illness). Tito Capobianco served as the Cincinnati Opera’s Artistic Director from 1962-64, and returned to direct productions in 1965, 1966, and 1973.
    That's a great production.
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    Schubert has written wonderful music for Fierrabras, but unfortunately, it's tied to a problematic libretto. Of course, it's always a pleasure to hear/watch JK, even if I’m less than thrilled by Claus Guth’s staging (a problematic libretto is not improved by making the whole thing look ridiculous). This early 21st century production from the Zürich Opera also includes Cincinnati Opera alumna Twyla Robinson as Florinda. She sang the title role in last summer’s CO Ariadne auf Naxos, created the role of Becky Felderman in the 2015 world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star, and has appeared with the company as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

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    Freni and Pavarotti at somewhat later age, still trilling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    Freni and Pavarotti at somewhat later age, still trilling.
    I don't know if that's a typo, or a pun, but either way

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