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    I don't like Tézier. He is exactly like Natalie said.
    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); April 9th, 2012 at 08:27 PM.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I think I need to purchase some Amazon stock.

    I'll be contributing to their bottom line myself next week when the Adriana Lecouvreur DVD I pre-ordered is finally shipped.

    And I had the same reaction to Tezier's Albert in the Werther DVD. At least Hampson on the CD recording manages to make this guy sympathetic.

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    I think I deserved some good stuff lately so I got these Royal Opera House productions:


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    ...and I'm off to a diet of saltines and fruits until the next payday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by desiree View Post
    I think I deserved some good stuff lately so I got these Royal Opera House productions:

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    ...and I'm off to a diet of saltines and fruits until the next payday!
    I can recommend all three & you deserve them after working so hard. I seem to be on a permanent bread & water diet.
    "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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    Alright, I give in. I just ordered the "weird version", even though I already have Levine and Barenboim. The staging appears consistently distracting from the plot and story but it does look spectacular. Blu-ray should be clear, I hope.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    Alright, I give in. I just ordered the "weird version", even though I already have Levine and Barenboim. The staging appears consistently distracting from the plot and story but it does look spectacular.
    Just remember, Harpy, that spectacle has been a big part of opera (and theatre in general) since at least the good old Baroque days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Just remember, Harpy, that spectacle has been a big part of opera (and theatre in general) since at least the good old Baroque days!
    Agree, very good point. I guess this is the ultra modern version of it then. From what previews and parts that I have seen, it does look very spectacular, which is one reason why I am getting it.

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    And I'm willing to bet that some of the old-school spectacle made about as much (or as little) sense as its ultra-modern counterparts!

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    The staging is fine. Musically however it's not great.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Geoffrey Riggs recommends it and his Wagner reviews are some of the most reliable that I've ever read.

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    Welcome to OL, brianwalker!.

    This is my last purchase:


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    Quote Originally Posted by brianwalker View Post


    Geoffrey Riggs recommends it and his Wagner reviews are some of the most reliable that I've ever read.
    I also have this recording and enjoy it very much. Jerusalem and Meier are a couple of my favorite Wagnerians.

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    Can't resist a cheap box set. And I'm so glad I got these or I'd never have seen Peter Mattei in the briliant Aix Don Giovanni.

    Natalie

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    Live Suliotis.......
    Just a baby (22) when singing the great Decca studio Nabucco as Abigaille, a few years later we have exciting live performance in very good sound, could not resist any longer

    The closest I have heard to compare to the 1949 Callas Abigaille


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    I always buy a Myto release over any other just because I like their graphic project and identity.
    That's me.

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