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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    You made me curious so here is the back (clips here).
    As Siegfried he would be singing tenor. Pretty nice set.
    Yes. A bit of a curiosity--certainly a role he never attempted on stage, which is probably for the best. But it's interesting to hear him in these studio excerpts.

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    A bit strange that he restricted himself to excerpts from Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, since he actually sang Siegmund onstage. (Urmana could have undertaken Sieglinde's part.) Loge would have certainly been within his grasp, too, though I'm guessing selections from Das Rheingold were omitted to avoid engaging additional singers for the roles of Wotan, Alberich, or Mime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    A bit strange that he restricted himself to excerpts from Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, since he actually sang Siegmund onstage. (Urmana could have undertaken Sieglinde's part.)
    Too bad he didn't record a complete Walküre! You can hear him in the first act with Deborah Polaski, in a recording conducted by Barenboim. And there's a YouTube video of the entire opera in a La Scala performance conducted by Muti. Also the DVD of a BBC Proms concert performance, conducted by Pappano--though not available on a legitimate label.

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    Loge would have certainly been within his grasp, too, though I'm guessing selections from Das Rheingold were omitted to avoid engaging additional singers for the roles of Wotan, Alberich, or Mime.
    In the long tradition of great Wagnerian singing, Rheingold is the one mature opera you never hear excerpted in concert performances or recorded selections. It was Wagner's first composition after years of theorizing about his "artwork of the future," and the most rigorous in adhering to his ideal of subordinating music to the dramatic conception. Whatever the work's merits, it's never been much of a showcase for singers.

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

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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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    Couldn't help myself!
    "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 Florestan View Post
    Couldn't help myself!
    A distinguished recording in an economical edition. I think you can be forgiven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Yes. A bit of a curiosity--certainly a role he never attempted on stage, which is probably for the best. But it's interesting to hear him in these studio excerpts.
    I'm not sure how many of Wagner's tenor roles Domingo sang in performance - I've seen him sing Siegmund twice and Parsifal once. He was older but still extraordinary. He also recorded Lohengrin, and assume he sang it on stage - but don't know for sure - and there also is his recording of Tannhäuser.

    I don't know that the role of Loge would have been high profile enough to capture his interest - although an important character, Loge is not Lohengrin or Parsifal, after all.

    Wotan would be the main character in Das Rheingold, and I don't think his voice will be dark enough for bass roles for at least another 3 - 5 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Wotan would be the main character in Das Rheingold, and I don't think his voice will be dark enough for bass roles for at least another 3 - 5 years.
    Nooooooo! Tell me it's still April 1 in the States.....
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    Generally, I limit myself to 1 opera night a week; it keeps me excited and it makes me plan and vet each one carefully. (I have a whole system behind this, maybe I'll share sometime.) BUT, I acknowledge that this is a too rigid system, and that 50+ operas is not enough in a year. I have found that 75 is just about right for me. So, I have times set aside for extra operas, and one of them is the Spring Finale Season.

    This time was chosen originally because it was the anniversary of when I started my 1-opera-a-week journey in May 2015. But it works out well for scheduling because it's the Finale of all the opera seasons, when I'm going every weekend to the Houston or Dallas operas. Since I can't control their programming, I like that I have my own selections to balance the schedule.

    This year, I didn't plan anything, in anticipation of Opera Vision's proposed spring Offenbach festival. But announcements have been made for April and May with only one Offenbach. (I think they postponed it to summer, when there will be fewer live shows on their schedule.) No big loss, I like Offenbach but I was craving something with a bit more 'punch' for my schedule. My first instinct was to do R. Strauss who has a lot of less-often performed operas I haven't gotten to yet.

    But then I remembered an even more pronounced draught I'm experiencing in 2018: Russian Opera. I currently only had plans for 2-3 Russian operas ALL YEAR. Which would be a shame because I love it a lot.

    So, I bought these 2 for late April and will supplement with Barcelona's production of Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina which I can watch on Amazon (via medici.tv).

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    I really love Russian opera and that War and Peace is just amazing.

    I recommend one day adding this to your viewing.

    Rimsky Korsakov: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia
    Svetlana Ignatovich (Fevroniya), John Daszak (Grishka Kuterma), Vladimir Vaneev (Prince Yuriy Vsevolodovich), Maxim Aksenov (Prince Vsevolod Yuryevich), Ante Jerkunica (Bedyay), Vladimir Ognovenko (Burunday), Alexey Markov (Fyodor Poyarok) & Mayram Sokolova (Page)
    Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus of Netherlands Opera, Marc Albrecht (conductor) & Dmitri Tcherniakov (director)

    Natalie

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    Thanks! It's definitely on my list. But I might wait until the production comes to the Met in a season or two and try to see it live.

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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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    I have been wanting this one for awhile now and the price just came down a bit:
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