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    Another test

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    Bizet: Carmen
    Elina Garanča (Carmen), Roberto Alagna (Don José), Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Escamillo), Barbara Frittoli (Micaela), Keith Miller (Zuniga), Elizabeth Caballero (Frasquita), Sandra Piques Eddy (Mercedes), Earle Patriarco (Dancaire), Keith Jameson (Remandado), Trevor Scheunemann (Morales)
    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Yannick Nézet-Séguin 2010

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    Britten: Turn of the Screw. Terrific performance of the Governess! I am not as fond of this opera as other chamber operas by Britten because of the interpretation of James' novella, however I am probably just prejudiced about adaptations because of my own interpretation of the original story. Great opera though. The stagecraft, sets etc of this production is brilliant.

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    Oh man! I did it AGAIN!! La Boheme (Opus Arte) with Mula and Machado. Damned if I didn't Kleenex again when Mimi died.

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    Yesterday evening on my MEZZO channel.

    La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi
    Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Francesco Ivan Ciampa (Conductor)
    Benoît Jacquot (Stage director)
    Sylvain Chauvelot (Sets)
    Christian Gasc (Costumes)
    André Diot (Lighting)
    Patrick Marie Aubert (Chorus master)

    Diana Damrau (Violetta Valéry)
    Anna Pennisi (Flora Bervoix)
    Cornelia Oncioiu (Annina)
    Francesco Demuro (Alfredo Germont)
    Ludovic Tézier (Giorgio Germont)
    Gabriele Mangione (Gastone)
    Fabio Previati (Il Barone Douphol)
    Igor Gnidii (Il Marchese d'Obigny)
    Nicolas Testé (Dottore Grenvil)
    Recorded at the Opéra de Paris on 17 June 2014

    Descent performance by Damrau , the weakest link : the tenor, but overall 8+

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    Yesterday evening on my MEZZO channel.

    La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi
    Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Francesco Ivan Ciampa (Conductor)
    Benoît Jacquot (Stage director)
    Sylvain Chauvelot (Sets)
    Christian Gasc (Costumes)
    André Diot (Lighting)
    Patrick Marie Aubert (Chorus master)

    Diana Damrau (Violetta Valéry)
    Anna Pennisi (Flora Bervoix)
    Cornelia Oncioiu (Annina)
    Francesco Demuro (Alfredo Germont)
    Ludovic Tézier (Giorgio Germont)
    Gabriele Mangione (Gastone)
    Fabio Previati (Il Barone Douphol)
    Igor Gnidii (Il Marchese d'Obigny)
    Nicolas Testé (Dottore Grenvil)
    Recorded at the Opéra de Paris on 17 June 2014

    Descent performance by Damrau , the weakest link : the tenor, but overall 8+
    I'm no fan of La Traviata...but this would have been pretty good to watch I must say. One of my friends really loves Damrau as Violetta.

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    Verdi: Macbeth
    Željko Lučić (Macbeth), Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth), René Pape (Banquo), Joseph Calleja (MacDuff)
    Fabio Luisi
    Production Adrian Noble
    OCT 11, 2014

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    There are many parts to this production that are very effective and Netrebko gives a very good performance.

    *** flower of Scotland: Anna Netrebko

    ** a fine single malt: remaining principles, some stage sets and props, lights and lighting

    - a deep fried Mars bar: costumes, some camera work, some stage sets and props

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    Pietro Mascagni/ Cavalleria Rusticana



    Placido Domingo, Tatiana Troyanos, Sherrill Milnes, Teresa Stratas, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine
    Sony .
    Never get bored of this one






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    Verdi: La forza del destino
    Plácido Domingo (Don Alvaro), Sharon Sweet (Leonora), Vladimir Chernov (Don Carlo), Roberto Scandiuzzi (Padre Guardiano)
    James Levine
    MAR 12, 1996

    There are many good parts to this production but it is not a massive force.

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    MET on Demand

    Verdi: Falstaff
    Robert Carsen, Production
    Brigitte Reiffenstuel, Costume Designer
    Paul Steinberg, Set Designer
    Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff), Angela Meade (Alice), Stephanie Blythe (Mistress Quickly), Franco Vasallo (Ford), Jennifer Johnson Cano (Meg), Lisette Oropesa (Nannetta), Paolo Fanale (Fenton)
    James Levine
    DEC 14, 2013

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    Clearly this is a much better production than the CIT Productions* version and made the whole opera so much more enjoyable.




    *Clayton's Imagination Theatre Productions, normally quite good but not in this case

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    I've been watching a fairly bizarre staging of Handel's Alcina, but I'm enjoying it a lot. So far I've only watched the first half hour, I'll get to it again tomorrow afternoon.......
    Last edited by Soave_Fanciulla; January 4th, 2018 at 10:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Met on demand

    Verdi: La forza del destino
    Plácido Domingo (Don Alvaro), Sharon Sweet (Leonora), Vladimir Chernov (Don Carlo), Roberto Scandiuzzi (Padre Guardiano)
    James Levine
    MAR 12, 1996

    There are many good parts to this production but it is not a massive force.
    Except trying to get Sharon Sweet through the window.

    (sorry, couldn't resist, that's all I could think of when I saw it, but she does sound good)
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Except trying to get Sharon Sweet through the window.

    (sorry, couldn't resist, that's all I could think of when I saw it, but she does sound good)
    Okay if I was going to be brutally honest, I'll throw the play-do and the sweets out the window. Oh and the costume department.

    Dad is good and the brother, except the death scene (I'll chuck the stage director out the window too) and the father.

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    Just arrived in yesterday's mail. I got it for Waltraud Meier, who oddly does note even show up on the cover. Have watched the first 49 minutes and am liking it very much. Ildikó Raimondi (Marzelline), featured on this cover, has a very good voice.

    This may be the better cover and does include Waltraud:
    Last edited by Soave_Fanciulla; January 4th, 2018 at 10:03 PM.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Last night, I enjoyed Maria Stuarda. This was the version on Art Haus, with Anna Caterina Antonacci as Elizabeth, and Mariella Devia in the title role. It is a 2008 recording from La Scala, and is, in my opinion, the best currently available on DVD. Antonacci is ...formidable in this role, and while Devia was around 60 when this was recorded, her age did not affect her singing. This version is complete, and includes the seldom done overture. Splendid in all respects!!

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