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    I am waiting for this lil thing to arrive. I have never seen this opera and now i am going to see it live in two weeks and I have no idea if it is good or not, but bellini can't be that bad, right


    I have also recently purchased The Legendary Performances: Maria Callas, vol 1 & 2, cheap box sets with pretty good sound quality, I had no idea that there are some Callas live recordings in such a good quality (excuse my language, I am still pretty new to this whole opera world, so any recording without those funny backround noises is an amazing recording for me lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DasNino View Post
    I am waiting for this lil thing to arrive. I have never seen this opera and now i am going to see it live in two weeks and I have no idea if it is good or not, but bellini can't be that bad, right
    It is a great opera and the DVD you have coming looks like a very good one. If you really get into it to the point of buying more on DVD, I recommend this one, which I have and loved watching. Enjoy the live performance!
    "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 DasNino View Post
    I am waiting for this lil thing to arrive. I have never seen this opera and now i am going to see it live in two weeks and I have no idea if it is good or not, but bellini can't be that bad, right

    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    It is a great opera and the DVD you have coming looks like a very good one. If you really get into it to the point of buying more on DVD, I recommend this one, which I have and loved watching. Enjoy the live performance!
    I have these and they're both good. I love this opera and hope you enjoy seeing it live.

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    thanks guys I am now even more optimistic about this piece I have actually read some very bad reviews about this recording with Netrebko, some say she was the only one who knew what she was doing in it?! Anyway thanks for the tips

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    Quote Originally Posted by DasNino View Post
    thanks guys I am now even more optimistic about this piece I have actually read some very bad reviews about this recording with Netrebko, some say she was the only one who knew what she was doing in it?!
    Thse only weak link IMO is Cutler, rather bleaty voice and shocking Italian.
    Natalie

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    Giovanni Paisiello (1740-1816): Nina, o sia La pazza per amore (Nina, the girl driven mad by love)

    Nina - Anna-Caterina Antonacci
    Susanna - Donatella Lombardi
    Lindoro - Juan Diego Flórez
    Il conte - Michele Pertusi
    Giorgio - Carlo Lepore
    Un pastore - Giuseppe Filianoti

    Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano
    Riccardo Muti

    Teatro Strehler, Milano - 1999
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Some Verdi with a couple of coloratura divas


    Il Trovatore, Pavarotti and Sutherland


    La Traviata, Gedda and Sills

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    Can someone recommend me some good Tosca and Traviata DVD's? I know it's hard cuz there is no full Tosca video recordings with Callas, and Anna Moffo only traviata recording is that movie (witch I like but I'm not a fan of opera movies)

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    Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano; ROH Orchestra and Chorus
    Director: Jonathan Kent
    Cast: Angela Gheorghiu (Tosca), Jonas Kaufmann (Cavaradossi), Bryn Terfel (Scarpia), Lukas Jakobski (Angelotti), Jeremy White (Sacristan), Hubert Francis (Spoletta), ZhengZhong Zhou (Sciarrone)

    This is one of the Tosca videos I have – great musical performance and traditional staging.



    I also have this version from the Zürich Opera with Paolo Carignani conducting and Emily Magee, Kaufmann, and Thomas Hampson as the principals. I find Robert Carsen’s theater-within-a-theater concept less than convincing, but the singing and acting of the three leads is compelling. Hampson is easily the creepiest Scarpia I’ve seen, and Tosca’s revulsion is visible in Magee’s facial expression and body language. Along with Kaufmann's Cavaradossi, they create such powerful role portraits that one nearly forgets Carsen's odd production.

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    My favourite Toscas:



    Natalie

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    Because my Verdi collection is never big enough....


    Leontyne Price in La Forza Del Destino

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    Handel, Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Sung in German
    Conductor Ferdinand Leitner - 1965
    Münchner Philharmoniker
    Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

    Giulio Cesare - Walter Berry
    Cleopatra - Lucia Popp
    Cornelia - Christa Ludwig
    Sesto - Fritz Wunderlich
    Tolomeo - Karl Christian Kohn
    Achilla - Hans Günter Nöcker
    Curio - Hans Bruno Ernst
    Nireno - Max Proebstl
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    As I searched the one above for best price, this one came up on Ebay. After some research I found a great price at Amazon UK and the clips really grabbed me. One thing, no counter tenors! Plenty of altos too!
    Voice types and singers here
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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 DasNino View Post
    Can someone recommend me some good Tosca and Traviata DVD's? I know it's hard cuz there is no full Tosca video recordings with Callas, and Anna Moffo only traviata recording is that movie (witch I like but I'm not a fan of opera movies)
    I can definitely recommend the Gheorghiu Tosca and can recommend these Traviatas.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post


    Handel, Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Sung in German
    Conductor Ferdinand Leitner - 1965
    Münchner Philharmoniker
    Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

    Giulio Cesare - Walter Berry
    Cleopatra - Lucia Popp
    Cornelia - Christa Ludwig
    Sesto - Fritz Wunderlich
    Tolomeo - Karl Christian Kohn
    Achilla - Hans Günter Nöcker
    Curio - Hans Bruno Ernst
    Nireno - Max Proebstl
    This is such a fabulous cast that I wish the opera had been sung in the original Italian. (Yeah, I know -- I balk at the translation, but have no trouble with the castrato roles being sung by a baritone, tenor, and bass. )

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