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    Never mind all that, where's the William Tell stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    Never mind all that, where's the William Tell stuff?


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

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    Campra's Les Fêtes Vénitiennes from the Opéra Comique, conducted by William Christie in a rollicking production by Robert Carsen, with a star line up of young baroque specialists and dancers. Worth getting a VPN to circumvent the France-only restriction. If it comes out on DVD I'm getting it.



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    Oh this looked so cool. I almost decided it was worth travelling to France to but I think I only dicovered it when it was sold out. Or some other lame reason like I couldn't figure out how to see the English site. Yes, actually that rings a bell. (A dull bell)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Oh this looked so cool. I almost decided it was worth travelling to France to but I think I only dicovered it when it was sold out. Or some other lame reason like I couldn't figure out how to see the English site. Yes, actually that rings a bell. (A dull bell)
    Well it's still available on Culturebox. Maybe from England you can see it without a VPN, but if not: clicky (I'm sure there are free ones but they are too tricky to use for me).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Well it's still available on Culturebox. Maybe from England you can see it without a VPN, but if not: clicky (I'm sure there are free ones but they are too tricky to use for me).
    That's really neat but I'm not about to pay for proxy, or use a virus-rich free service. Hopefully it will come out on DVD.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Just started watching this (about 25 minutes in) and it is wonderful. The singers are great:
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Just started watching this (about 25 minutes in) and it is wonderful. The singers are great:
    Yes indeedy!!! And the price on Amazon is still $10 and change, but "supplies are limited", since this gem seems to be either out of print or going there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    Yes indeedy!!! And the price on Amazon is still $10 and change, but "supplies are limited", since this gem seems to be either out of print or going there.
    I didn't even know these people and this arena existed. Interesting that rather unknown orchestra, singers, conductor, etc. (with the exception of Erwin Schrott) did so well.
    "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
    I didn't even know these people and this arena existed. Interesting that rather unknown orchestra, singers, conductor, etc. (with the exception of Erwin Schrott) did so well.
    There is an "extra" on this disc which describes the venue. If I recall correctly, it was built to resemble a Roman amphitheatre and was later used as a tennis court. There are a couple of other opera discs that were recorded there. This one is unusual in that the orchestra is seated behind the stage areas, and opera characters interact with the conductor and a few players.

    Correction: the Sferisteria website notes that it was built in the 1820s in neoclassical style to house "the game with ball and bangle" (?). The first opera staged there was Aida in 1921.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    Yes indeedy!!! And the price on Amazon is still $10 and change, but "supplies are limited", since this gem seems to be either out of print or going there.
    Very interesting how the opera takes place in front of the orchestra which is on risers, and the singers sometimes interact with the orchestra members. Also my disc has two extras: One a behind the scenes look at the production, and the other as mentioned above about the venue.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Just started watching this (about 25 minutes in) and it is wonderful. The singers are great:

    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Very interesting how the opera takes place in front of the orchestra which is on risers, and the singers sometimes interact with the orchestra members. Also my disc has two extras: One a behind the scenes look at the production, and the other as mentioned above about the venue.
    Have just ordered it. Definitely sounds like fun!
    "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 sospiro View Post
    Have just ordered it. Definitely sounds like fun!
    You won't be disappointed. I am only disappointed that I had to spend an hour last night writing up meeting minutes when I really would have rather continued watching this opera. I got it a month ago and just over the weekend was able to start watching. 23 minutes in and can't wait to get back to it but the minutes will take another hour I expect. It doesn't help that I keep popping in and out of websites while writing up the minutes, but at least I have some great music in the background (Mendelssohn's five symphonies, which I love second only to Beethoven's nine).
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    You won't be disappointed. I am only disappointed that I had to spend an hour last night writing up meeting minutes when I really would have rather continued watching this opera. I got it a month ago and just over the weekend was able to start watching. 23 minutes in and can't wait to get back to it but the minutes will take another hour I expect. It doesn't help that I keep popping in and out of websites while writing up the minutes, but at least I have some great music in the background (Mendelssohn's five symphonies, which I love second only to Beethoven's nine).
    Haha! I know that feeling. When I've got a long or boring job to do at home I 'reward' myself with 15 minutes of opera, then go back to the job.
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    "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 sospiro View Post
    Haha! I know that feeling. When I've got a long or boring job to do at home I 'reward' myself with 15 minutes of opera, then go back to the job.
    I am 50 minutes in now and neglecting the written minutes for now. I like the vocals so much in this video that when I discovered they have the same performance on CD I ordered it instantly, even though I have a great CD set featuring Mariella Devia. No harm having two sets.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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