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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I guess if I was to buy it on DVD I'll follow the favourite recording thread and do a sort of dvd potted ring...
    If you do the potted DVD, I strongly recommend checking out the 1980 Chereau/Boulez Bayreuth Walküre. Still hands down my favorite production of that opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    If you do the potted DVD, I strongly recommend checking out the 1980 Chereau/Boulez Bayreuth Walküre. Still hands down my favorite production of that opera.
    Before I've checked the favourite recording thread (I need to ask Hoffmann to put the links in from the list to the relevant section of the thread), what is the rest of the Chereau production like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Before I've checked the favourite recording thread (I need to ask Hoffmann to put the links in from the list to the relevant section of the thread), what is the rest of the Chereau production like?
    Certainly not traditional (though not nearly as outrageous now as it seemed at its 1976 premiere). Worth checking out, particularly the Rheingold. For me, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung are forever spoiled by Manfred Jung (I call him "that funny little man") as the hero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Oh Gawd he's not just humming now, he's going dadada . In Sesto's most beautiful aria.
    Aargh.

    Are you sure it wasn't that famous opera by Marcel Duchamp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Certainly not traditional (though not nearly as outrageous now as it seemed at its 1976 premiere). Worth checking out, particularly the Rheingold. For me, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung are forever spoiled by Manfred Jung (I call him "that funny little man") as the hero.



    I do remember German television broadcasting it.
    We said in front of the telly with open mouths.....
    But it was stunning and still is .

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    Thomas : Hamlet.

    Natalie Dessay, Simon Keenlyside, Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra, Bertrand de Billy
    Emi



    Those two singers made a memorable evening.

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    An absolute must see, Alcina from Aix with Patricia Petibon and Philippe Jaroussky, in a many-roomed production by Katie Mitchell that worked even better than for Written On Skin. It makes me realise that while there were many fine composers in the Baroque, Handel has the edge in conveying deep emotion. If nothing else watch Petibon singing Ah, mio cor (at 1.35.45). It had me weeping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    An absolute must see, Alcina from Aix with Patricia Petibon and Philippe Jaroussky...
    That's it! The fantasy mechanical workshop that fixes your car and invoices you for less than quoted and does a free valet service!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    An absolute must see, Alcina from Aix with Patricia Petibon and Philippe Jaroussky, in a many-roomed production by Katie Mitchell that worked even better than for Written On Skin. It makes me realise that while there were many fine composers in the Baroque, Handel has the edge in conveying deep emotion. If nothing else watch Petibon singing Ah, mio cor (at 1.35.45). It had me weeping.

    Great, I'd love to see this. For how long will it be available?
    "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
    Great, I'd love to see this. For how long will it be available?
    It's on YT. So as long as it doesn't get taken down. It is also on Arte but only in Europe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    It's on YT. So as long as it doesn't get taken down. It is also on Arte but only in Europe.
    If I am watching a You Tube opera, I ususally will rip it to MP4 so that if it gets taken down midway I can finish it.
    "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
    If I am watching a You Tube opera, I ususally will rip it to MP4 so that if it gets taken down midway I can finish it.
    Yes, so do I.
    Natalie

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    I didn't have any expectations about this but it is actually nice. Direction can be a bit unintentionally comic at times, but still thoroughly enjoyable.


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    Hello Festat!

    Long time no err.. read post.

    What's the weather like in São Paulo? It's the height of summer in the UK and temperature is a whopping 17°C.

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    Hey, Clayton! I'm always glad to be back.

    We're having an unusually hot winter down here. We spent most of July between 12°C and 22°C, but since last week afternoons are really hot — it is now 15h and 27°C! At night the temperature drops suddenly to 14°C or 13°C, though. Dry as usual for winter time, not a single drop in the last two weeks, no clouds at all in the sky. At least we have nice starry nights, as much as the city lights allow anyway.

    I have no memory anymore of what being cold feels like.

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