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    Oh that was a blow-you-away-buy-the-dvd-straight-away one for me; after watching it on the MET streaming service I, well, bought the DVD straight away...

    What did Florestan think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Oh that was a blow-you-away-buy-the-dvd-straight-away one for me; after watching it on the MET streaming service I, well, bought the DVD straight away...

    What did Florestan think?
    JG thinks it is a wonderful performance. It is particularly so considering its performance history, which did not gain much traction until after the 1950s!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Oh that was a blow-you-away-buy-the-dvd-straight-away one for me; after watching it on the MET streaming service I, well, bought the DVD straight away...

    What did Florestan think?
    I have loved my first three Maria Stuarda DVDs (Devia, Baker, and Remigio) and so looking forward to this, am 30 minutes in. I was a bit put off by the intense circus-like activity in the beginning, but then things settled in nicely and so it is looking very good. I would love to get a 5th Maria Stuarda DVD but alas it appears there are none worthy beyond the 4 I have.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Attila does have some rattling good tunes, doesn't it? Not sure this is the role for Ildebrando, though he does look mighty fine. Conducting was top notch, production was ok if a little stand and deliver.
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    The Didonato Maria Stuarda is phenomenal. Joyce's acting is supreme. Of the four DVDs i have watched of this opera, Joyce had me nearly in tears by the end. The others did not do that.

    So next up, and 15 minutes in, I am watching this gem, which has already induced me to buy more Dessay/Florez (I'll post that one in purchased DVDs)
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Enjoyed this Stiffelio from La Fenice.

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    Last night we watched the 2005 DVD of Roberto Devereux with Gruberova and Aronica. The singing was first rate, but the staging, moved to the age of Margaret Thatcher failed to engage.

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    I was out of town through the weekend. When I returned home this afternoon, there was a flyer advertising the Baltimore Concert Opera.

    Baltimore has a concert opera? I had written the city off as hopeless after the Baltimore Lyric Opera crashed and burned a few years ago.

    So, what's coming up on 26 and 28 February? A true rarity: Puccini's Edgar
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    Coo-er, that's cool!
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    Excellent! I like Edgar.
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    I need to get that DVD of Edgar. The only Puccini I haven't well acquainted myself with yet...
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    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    The first thing I thought of was


    it's a bit of a long way for Povero Buoso to go

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    The first thing I thought of was


    it's a bit of a long way for Povero Buoso to go
    The biggest irony is. One of the performances is on my birthday!
    "Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.

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    A pile of ironing to do so what better way to help with the chore than to watch the Silver Fox himself in Il Trovatore. I have always loved this DVD but two things make it even more special - (1) Our dear Luiz's unrelenting dislike (I believe he actually threw his copy in the trash can ) and (2) Soave Fanciulla's description of the heroic Leonora - something along the lines of "She looks like a Spanish housewife out doing her shopping."

    The staging is traditional but excellent and the guys are fabulous.

    Dima's breath control is out of this world.

    Last edited by Soave_Fanciulla; January 4th, 2018 at 11:47 PM.
    "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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    That has to be one of the most beautiful arias ever written for baritone.

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