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    What opera have you been watching lately?

    Like the "what CD listening to lately" thread what opera DVD, Blu Ray or youtube are you watching lately, any comments always welcome......

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    Couple of Norma videos, by far my favorite overall of all video versions is the Fiorenza Cedolins (even though Pollione and Andalgisa are not strongly cast as usual) which has great modern hybrid stage production (monolithic stonehenge columns with pagan glyphs) that is both visually dramatic and emotionally effective with HD picture quality. Very heartfelt tender rendition of Casta Diva which was literally a show stopper (very long ovation from audience) only one example of great scences here for lovely Fiorenza.....

    The children which are usually an afterthought elsewhere are used in many more scences and more active than any other production, very clever and effective use. Also the final funeral pyre sequence often very weakly handled visually in other productions (usually just slowly walk off stage) is visually powerful and dramatic here with clever use of stage elements to amplify emotional impact

    As usual I always watch with subttiles on as I always learn new little details every viewing no matter how many times I have seen or heard Norma

    Did I mention that Fiorenza looks very beautiful as Norma here.......


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    While I tackled a huge pile of ironing, I watched this ...



    ... an opera that is just perfect for Verona, what with armies and horses and warmongering stuff

    Excellent singing and I loved the production, the adorable Nello Santi conducted.
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    Watched a couple Attila's also thanks to Sospiro lead.......

    The newer Tutto Verdi series has a great Odabella both singing and acting from Branchini, she has the dramatic fire and rebel spirit, but production has problems with tiny physical stage and weak back screen projected images. Also for unknown reason cast is made to wear shades of green and gold facial make-up, alien like appearance

    The older Ramey version has untouchable iconic performance of Attila, but Studer is not the best Odabella and lacks HD picture quality, still a worthy purchase

    I have read comments that newest Gergiev conducted version has very good Attila performance


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post


    Watched a couple Attila's also thanks to Sospiro lead.......

    The newer Tutto Verdi series has a great Odabella both singing and acting from Branchini, she has the dramatic fire and rebel spirit, but production has problems with tiny physical stage and weak back screen projected images. Also for unknown reason cast is made to wear shades of green and gold facial make-up, alien like appearance

    The older Ramey version has untouchable iconic performance of Attila, but Studer is not the best Odabella and lacks HD picture quality, still a worthy purchase

    I have read comments that newest Gergiev conducted version has very good Attila performance

    Thanks DA! I like Ildar Abdrazakov!

    One for the wish list.
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    Kaufmann's great talents wasted on production does that does act 2 very well, but elsewhere has some major visual design production weakness for me

    Act 2 does things right with Klingsor's realm and Kundry's attempted seduction of our perfect fool Parsifal, visually interesting and in harmony with operas story, visuals show some real inspiration and creative insight that kept my interest and made opera exciting, see pix



    Unfortunately Act 1, 3 were poorly handled visually, austere bare stage with barren baked dirt ground (post apocalyptic?) and the most bland generic costumes you could imagine modern white shirts and grey slacks for all and holy grail presentation was almost a joke it was so underwhelming lacking needed spirituality or gravitas.

    An attempt was made to add back much needed visual stimulus with constantly changing projected clouds on screen, is this the best we can do? There is the usual self serving rationale in booklet explaining with great fanfare the deep modern timeless elements employed with bare stage and bland generic modern costume, a zen like realization of Parsifal.....yeah right.

    If only some of the creative visual spark that was present in Act 2 was employed elsewhere in opera, this is a borderline sell for me, only reason to keep is for inspired Act 2 and Kaufmann vocals....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post


    Kaufmann's great talents wasted on production does that does act 2 very well, but elsewhere has some major visual design production weakness for me

    Act 2 does things right with Klingsor's realm and Kundry's attempted seduction of our perfect fool Parsifal, visually interesting and in harmony with operas story, visuals show some real inspiration and creative insight that kept my interest and made opera exciting, see pix



    Unfortunately Act 1, 3 were poorly handled visually, austere bare stage with barren baked dirt ground (post apocalyptic?) and the most bland generic costumes you could imagine modern white shirts and grey slacks for all and holy grail presentation was almost a joke it was so underwhelming lacking needed spirituality or gravitas.

    An attempt was made to add back much needed visual stimulus with constantly changing projected clouds on screen, is this the best we can do? There is the usual self serving rationale in booklet explaining with great fanfare the deep modern timeless elements employed with bare stage and bland generic modern costume, a zen like realization of Parsifal.....yeah right.

    If only some of the creative visual spark that was present in Act 2 was employed elsewhere in opera, this is a borderline sell for me, only reason to keep is for inspired Act 2 and Kaufmann vocals....
    When I saw this in the cinema the performances in act 1 kept me spellbound and I didn't notice 2 hours passing - first time ever with Parsifal.
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    One word for it: Stunning!

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    Adrian, what a great choice. Thanks for reminding me to play it again soon.

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    Last night we watched the DVD of the Met's Carmen with Garanca and Alagna. Alagna may not be the best Don Jose I have seen, but Garanca was an amazing Carmen!

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    This is one of those buy! buy! buy! DVDs - the lovely Stéphanie D'Oustrac carries L'heure espagnole, and it's pretty good, but L'enfant et les sortilèges is one of the most enchanting productions I have ever seen. If we want to get kids into opera, we should petition to have it shown in all schools as part of the music syllabus.



    And this is so much better than the previous version I saw (from Salzburg), which was just a concert performance masquerading as a staged version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    Last night we watched the DVD of the Met's Carmen with Garanca and Alagna. Alagna may not be the best Don Jose I have seen, but Garanca was an amazing Carmen!
    We have this on T.V tonight .

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    Quinn Kelsey as Paolo in Simon Boccanegra from Rome comprehensively stole the show. What a voice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    Last night we watched the DVD of the Met's Carmen with Garanca and Alagna. Alagna may not be the best Don Jose I have seen, but Garanca was an amazing Carmen!
    Alanga is well past his sell bye date

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    Last night it was La Boheme with Netrebko, Beczala and Machaidze.. It's one of the best sung Bohemes in my experience, but the staging is terrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    Last night we watched the DVD of the Met's Carmen with Garanca and Alagna. Alagna may not be the best Don Jose I have seen, but Garanca was an amazing Carmen!
    I saw this at the theater a couple of years ago. Garanca was amazing, Alagna not so amazing. This March the Met has 2 performances of Carmen with Garanca and Kaufmann. I wish that is the one they were broad casting.

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