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    Well that was really good and Domingo stole the show. What a surprise. Life in the old dog yet.

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    production by Woody Allen

    interesting

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    Wow, this is a great opera. A shame there are no commercial releases on DVD, but this You Tube with English subtitles is of decent quality and features Domingo!
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Pique Dame directed by Stefan Herheim on the Opera Platform. Because I'm very perceptive I suspect it was about Tchaikovsky:





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    For me, there are simply no better Anne and Jane than Anna Netrebko and Elīna Garanča.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post


    For me, there are simply no better Anne and Jane than Anna Netrebko and Elīna Garanča.
    D'Arcangelo is a pretty malevolent Henry, and Pido is superb in the pit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    D'Arcangelo is a pretty malevolent Henry, and Pido is superb in the pit.
    Can't watch that for a while as I am reaching the end of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies and this would be too different.
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    Werther from the Royal Opera house with Joyce DiDonato and Vittorio Grigòlo. Good to see the Benoît Jacquot production without it being sabotaged by his own video direction, bur I still prefer the Koch/Kaufmann combination. Grigòlo's singing was surprisingly nuanced and his French impeccable, but he will insist on making stock Italian tenor gestures instead of actually acting. DiDonato was very good and her singing lovely but Koch IS Charlotte for me. Pappano and the ROH Orchestra brought out every colour and instrument of the score, WOW!

    Natalie

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    Orfeo Chaman by Christina Pluhar. Coming out on CD with bonus DVD in November this year. I had it saved from Culturebox. I'm not even sure if it is opera as not all the voices are operatic, but it's very cool.

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    Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Konzertvereinigung; Vienna State Opera Chorus
    Adrianne Pieczonka (Leonore), Jonas Kaufmann (Florestan), Tomasz Konieczny (Pizarro), Hans-Peter König (Rocco), Olga Bezsmertna (Marzelline), Norbert Ernst (Jaquino), Sebastian Holecek (Don Fernando)

    For my tastes, there is simply no better Florestan around than JK – he even tops other favorites from the past. Every time he sings this role he brings something new to it in his treatment of text and music, and his opening crescendo on “Gott!” remains superbly controlled. And what an actor, right down to facial expressions. If his flailing and flopping around can sometimes verge on excessive – it’s amazing he didn’t slide right into the orchestra pit from that raked stage at one point – that can be chalked up to Guth’s staging concept. Adrianne Pieczonka is a wonderful Leonore, and I didn’t hear any tightness on high notes to which the reviewer from Das Opernglas referred. Guth doesn’t make things easy for her, either, requiring Leonore to be present for most of the first act, even when the libretto indicates she isn’t around (i.e., the Jaquino-Marzelline duet and Marzelline’s aria). I’m afraid I can’t warm up very much to Tomasz Konieczny’s voice, and others have delivered Pizarro’s aria with more ease – Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich Henschel, Siegmund Nimsgern, Gerd Grochowski, and Nmon Ford in the Cincinnati Opera’s recent production, just to name a few. But the balance of the soloists are fine, and Franz Welser-Möst is generally a much less idiosyncratic conductor than Nikolaus Harnoncourt on the Zürich Opera video (the exception being the breakneck manner in which he rushes through the first act finale). As one might expect, all of the Viennese forces are in great form. I purchased this DVD for the musical performance, and the two protagonists alone are enough to make it worth the expenditure.

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    "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 MAuer View Post


    Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Konzertvereinigung; Vienna State Opera Chorus
    Adrianne Pieczonka (Leonore), Jonas Kaufmann (Florestan), Tomasz Konieczny (Pizarro), Hans-Peter König (Rocco), Olga Bezsmertna (Marzelline), Norbert Ernst (Jaquino), Sebastian Holecek (Don Fernando)

    For my tastes, there is simply no better Florestan around than JK – he even tops other favorites from the past.
    Definitely a great Florestan. Here is the opening to Act II.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Teresa Stratas acts her socks off but her voice is way past its sell-by date; in her lower register she is reduced to shouting, especially in Pagliacci. Best performances in both operas come from Juan Pons.

    Natalie

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    Second watching of this confirms that Dardanus has some amazing music. This is a wonderful production with very good singing and conducting.
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