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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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    Gluck: Paride ed Elena
    Franco Bonisolli (Paride), Ileana Cotrubas (Elena), Gabriele Fontana (Pallade), Sylvia Greenberg (Amore)
    ORF Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Lothar Zagrosek

    This is another recording guaranteed to drive many people who love a particular opera crazy, and I can sympathize with them (even though I just purchased it). Despite the fact that I strongly dislike the 20th century tendency to “Wagnerize” Fidelio by casting heavy dramatic voices in the two leads, I have no problems with the mid-century practice of casting castrato roles with tenors or baritones – as in this case. Completely inconsistent and contradictory, I know . . .
    This set does have one of my favorite sopranos, Ileana Cotrubas, as Elena, and while Franco Bonisolli could never be accused of subtlety, I do find the basic quality of his voice attractive enough, and he'll make a very virile-sounding Paride.

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    I have no problems with the mid-century practice of casting castrato roles with tenors or baritones – as in this case. Completely inconsistent and contradictory, I know . . .
    Not at all, makes total sense - considering there seems to be such a scarcity of castrati these days...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post


    Envious. I haven't found a cheap enough copy yet.
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Not at all, makes total sense - considering there seems to be such a scarcity of castrati these days...
    Of *good* castrati, certainly. They just don't make 'em like they used to.

    Now that I think of it, could there be anything sadder than a *bad* castrato?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Of *good* castrati, certainly. They just don't make 'em like they used to.

    Now that I think of it, could there be anything sadder than a *bad* castrato?
    In fact of the hundreds of young boys castrated in the Baroque period (4,000 pa at the height of the castrato craze), many did not make the grade and were condemned to a life of poverty and ostracism.
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    3 fab recordings!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    In fact of the hundreds of young boys castrated in the Baroque period (4,000 pa at the height of the castrato craze), many did not make the grade and were condemned to a life of poverty and ostracism.
    If they survived the "operation" . . .

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    After La Cenerentola and the Barber of Seville, this is my third opera with Teresa Berganza.
    I could not resist with the delightful singing and music, Teresa, and this part of the plot,
    "An old prisoner, after digging through the wall of his cell for twelve years with his tiny pen knife, finally emerges, unfortunately into another cell." :lol:
    But then he gets off because they forgot why he was imprisoned.

    "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 Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    In fact of the hundreds of young boys castrated in the Baroque period (4,000 pa at the height of the castrato craze), many did not make the grade and were condemned to a life of poverty and ostracism.
    Sad indeed. Amazing, the things that can pass for a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    After La Cenerentola and the Barber of Seville, this is my third opera with Teresa Berganza.
    I could not resist with the delightful singing and music, Teresa, and this part of the plot,
    "An old prisoner, after digging through the wall of his cell for twelve years with his tiny pen knife, finally emerges, unfortunately into another cell." :lol:
    But then he gets off because they forgot why he was imprisoned.

    Hehe. I've got that and think it's delightful.
    "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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    LIVE PERFORMANCE, 1969
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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