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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Cavalli: Elena
    Emöke Baráth (Elena,Venere), Valer Barna-Sabadus (Menelao), Fernando Guimarães (Teseo), Rodrigo Ferreira (Ippolita, Pallade: Solenn’ Lavanant Linke Peritoo), Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (Iro), Anna Reinhold (Tindaro, Nettuno), Mariana Flores (Erginda, Giunone, Castore), Majdouline Zerari (Eurite, La Verita), Brendan Tuohy (Diomede, Creonte), Christopher Lowrey (Euripilo, La Discordia, Polluce) & Job Tomé (Antiloco)
    Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo García Alarcón
    DVD + Book
    Aix-en-Provence Festival July 2013

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    Good opera, good production on perhaps an authentically small stage but not so good sound which is a pity. Still recommended for Cavalli fans.
    7.734/10
    + a whole extra bonus point for book presentation.
    A special mention for Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, a natural born entertainer who has charisma. I had never heard of him before, then he pops up in four recordings I have heard this month, Phaeton, Hercules mourant, Le magnifique and Elena. I think we'll be seeing more of him.
    He is hilarious in this. No inhibitions, but the look of him.
    Natalie

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    Some wonderful stuff online at the moment:

    Nicolai's Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor from the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, on Medici-Live, in an amusing updated production with a harassed psychologist trying to sort out all the problems brought to him by the various protagonists. I had never seen this opera before. I suspect you might need to speak French though to get the full fun out of it.

    AND

    Two completely traditional, no mucking around, top Baroque cast Handel operas from La Monnaie, Les Talens Lyriques conducted by Christophe Rousset:

    Nicolai's Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor from the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, on Medici-Live, in an amusing updated production with a harassed psychologist trying to sort out all the problems brought to him by the various protagonists. I had never seen this opera before. I suspect you might need to speak French though to get the full fun out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Cavalli: Elena
    Emöke Baráth (Elena,Venere), Valer Barna-Sabadus (Menelao), Fernando Guimarães (Teseo), Rodrigo Ferreira (Ippolita, Pallade: Solenn’ Lavanant Linke Peritoo), Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (Iro), Anna Reinhold (Tindaro, Nettuno), Mariana Flores (Erginda, Giunone, Castore), Majdouline Zerari (Eurite, La Verita), Brendan Tuohy (Diomede, Creonte), Christopher Lowrey (Euripilo, La Discordia, Polluce) & Job Tomé (Antiloco)
    Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo García Alarcón
    DVD + Book
    Aix-en-Provence Festival July 2013

    Attachment 6911

    Good opera, good production on perhaps an authentically small stage but not so good sound which is a pity. Still recommended for Cavalli fans.
    7.734/10
    + a whole extra bonus point for book presentation.
    A special mention for Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, a natural born entertainer who has charisma. I had never heard of him before, then he pops up in four recordings I have heard this month, Phaeton, Hercules mourant, Le magnifique and Elena. I think we'll be seeing more of him.
    Reviewed [here]
    "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 Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Some wonderful stuff online at the moment...

    ...Two completely traditional, no mucking around, top Baroque cast Handel operas from La Monnaie, Les Talens Lyriques conducted by Christophe Rousset:
    Straight to the top of the playlist for tomorrow, because I lOVE

    1. Baroque 2. Handel 3. Operas 4. La Monnaie 5. Les Talens Lyriques 6. Christophe Rousset 7. mucking around 8. completely traditional and last but not least 9. the number two

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    oops, it is no mucking around. Oh well, can't have it all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Reviewed [here]
    Yes, RECORDING COMPANIES PAY ATTENTION!

    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    ...The documentation is exceptional, of rare quality. The discs are packaged inside a 60-page hardcover booklet...

    Pay attention, video recording companies! That's how it's done!

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    Maybe we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but us opera fans do judge a recording by it's book!

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    sorry, I can't speak for us all.

    retraction

    SOME of us judge a recording... blah, blah, blah...

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    did not go according to plan

    Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
    Simon Keenlyside (Orfeo), Juanita Lascarro (Euridice, la Musica, Eco), Graciela Oddone (la Messaggiera), Martina Dike (Proserpina), Stephen Wallace (la Speranza, Pastore), Tomas Tòmasson (Plutone), Paul Gérimon, Caronte (Pastore), Mauro Utzeri (Apollo), Anne Cambier (Ninfa), Yann Beuron, John Bowen, René Linnenbank (Pastori, Spiriti)
    Trisha Brown Company Concerto Vocale, Collegium Vocale Gent
    René Jacobs
    1998

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    Quite a spectacle. Simon Keenlyside doing a boogie to some Monteverdi.

    Some pretty stunning choreography; perhaps slightly overambitious in some parts where it looks slightly clumsy or just nonsensical but for most parts it is elegant, stunning or wow. SK for most part moves really graciously to compliment his beautiful singing.

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    Adams, J: Doctor Atomic
    Gerald Finley (J. Robert Oppenheimer), Jessica Rivera (Kitty Oppenheimer), Eric Owens (General Leslie Groves), Richard Paul Fink (Edward Teller), James Maddalena (Jack Hubbard), Thomas Glenn (Robert Wilson), Jay Hunter Morris (Captain James Nolan), Ellen Rabiner (Pasqualita)
    Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera & Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawrence Renes (musical director) & Peter Sellars (stage director)
    Recorded live at Het Musiektheater, Amsterdam on 7th, 25th & 29th June 2007.

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    Not surprisingly Finley is the star of the show; a must for all Finley fans. An absolute stunner delivered at the end of act one that has a couple of over-excited audience members clapping midway. Performance recorded with camera work and lighting that would fit a Hollywood blockbuster (=wow factor).

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    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

    Tatiana - soprano, ANNA NETREBKO
    Olga - mezzo, OKSANA VOLKOVA
    Mme. Larina - mezzo, ELENA ZAREMBA
    Filippyevna - mezzo, LARISSA DIADKOVA
    Offstage Voice tenor, DAVID LOWE
    Lenski - tenor, PIOTR BECZALA
    Eugene Onegin - baritone, MARIUSZ KWIECIEN
    Captain -bass-baritone, DAVID CRAWFORD
    Triquet - tenor, JOHN GRAHAM-HALL
    Zaretski - bass-baritone, RICHARD BERNSTEIN
    Prince Gremin - bass, ALEXEI TANOVITSKI

    Conducted by VALERY GERGIEV


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    I love this production. I have seen the ROH production but liked this one much better.

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    Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice
    Filmed at the Baroque Theatre of Cˇeský Krumlov Castle
    Bejun Mehta (Orfeo), Eva Liebau (Euridice) & Regula Mühlemann (Amore)
    Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704, Václav Luks

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    An excellent film production, very beautifully presented with good performance from Bejun Mehta (artistic advisor to the production). Moments of great beauty, tenderness, comic touch, fantastic costumes and of course great set. Special mention to a brief scene of shadow dancing; very nice! Yes, a good modern interpretation.

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    On the (musical)menu for tonight:
    Previn : A Streetcar called Desire.
    One of my first ever DVDs
    Renée Fleming is stunning.

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    Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto
    Andreas Scholl (Giulio Cesare), Inger Dam-Jensen (Cleopatra), Randi Steene (Cornelia), Tuva Semmingsen (Sesto), Christopher Robson (Tolomeo), Palle Knudsen (Achilla) & James Huw Jeffries (Nireno)
    Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen
    Direction: Francisco Negrin, Design & costumes: Anthony Baker
    2005

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    YES, YES: A beautiful Cornelia, a convincing and very good performance of Sesto, dad's ghost (Pompey) and much else

    NO, NO: The dodgy latex headgear (that's it for no, no)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto
    Andreas Scholl (Giulio Cesare), Inger Dam-Jensen (Cleopatra), Randi Steene (Cornelia), Tuva Semmingsen (Sesto), Christopher Robson (Tolomeo), Palle Knudsen (Achilla) & James Huw Jeffries (Nireno)
    Concerto Copenhagen, Lars Ulrik Mortensen
    Direction: Francisco Negrin, Design & costumes: Anthony Baker
    2005

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    YES, YES: A beautiful Cornelia, a convincing and very good performance of Sesto, dad's ghost (Pompey) and much else

    NO, NO: The dodgy latex headgear (that's it for no, no)
    I think it's a joke because Giulio keeps going on about Cleo's hair. But it's pretty feeble.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I think it's a joke because Giulio keeps going on about Cleo's hair. But it's pretty feeble.
    It's pretty bad, distractingly so from what is otherwise a good production. Especially last scene where we see a glue/make up line framing Cleopatra's face.

    Though I am happy for it to sit in the tea cabinet, like I said for a good Pompey side which is the one weakness to the Glyndebourne/McVicar production. That one, I now see how much it stands above. It is on it's way to me now (I can't just rely on Medici subscription).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice
    Filmed at the Baroque Theatre of Cˇeský Krumlov Castle
    Bejun Mehta (Orfeo), Eva Liebau (Euridice) & Regula Mühlemann (Amore)
    Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704, Václav Luks

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    An excellent film production, very beautifully presented with good performance from Bejun Mehta (artistic advisor to the production). Moments of great beauty, tenderness, comic touch, fantastic costumes and of course great set. Special mention to a brief scene of shadow dancing; very nice! Yes, a good modern interpretation.
    Sounds/looks very interesting!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Yesterday on my digital channel :



    Verdi: La Battaglia di Legnano

    Teatro Verdi Trieste, 2012


    Enrico Giuseppe Iori (Federico Barbarossa), Francesco Musini (Primo Console di Milano), Federico Benetti (Secondo Consolo di Milano), Gabriele Sagona (Il Podesta di Como), Leonardo Lopez Linares (Rolando), Dimitra Theodossiou (Lida), Andrew Richards (Arrigo), Giovanni Guagliardo (Marcovaldo), Sharon Pierfederici (Imelda), Alessandro de Angelis (Un Araldo), Nicola Pascoli (Uno Scudiero di Arrigo)
    Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Lirico 'Giuseppe Verdi' di Trieste, Boris Brott

    Staged by Ruggero Cappuccio
    C Major presents a World Première on Blu-ray of Verdi’s opera La Battaglia di Legnano, as part of their Tutto Verdi project.
    The opera is based on the play La Bataille de Toulouse by Joseph Méry.
    The performance is conducted by Boris Brott, who served as Assistant Conductor to the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, and Music Director and Conductor for the Royal Ballet.
    SOUND: DVD: DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo
    RUNNING TIME: Total: 129 minutes (Opera: 119 minutes, Bonus: 10 minutes)
    SUBTITLES: Italian (original language), English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

    I really like this production, beside that I think it is courage of the company to recorded every Verdi opera.

    Very Verdi this opera .
    The voices are unfamiliar to me but I had a pleasant watching .

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