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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 Florestan View Post

    Looks good. Is it a live recording or studio?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    Looks good. Is it a live recording or studio?
    Not sure. Listening to the clips may reveal something. Nice clear, clean sound. Great vocal clarity. Voices seem to be up front, very clear in front of the orchestra, which is nice.
    https://www.allmusic.com/album/tchai...n-mw0003119793
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    I hate this opera! But I love it too, so can't help getting a second dose (after the Fleming/Villazon set). This one won't have the great tenor, but definitely a great soprano.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, ...

    This is an outstanding interpretation for audio only recordings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    ... Not an opera that has taken my by storm--yet.
    I don't think many would qualify this work as a storm; more of a strong wind for most.

    Perhaps we can more accurately describe it as gusty; wind strength between moderate and strong.

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    I still hate this opera (dreadful story), but at the same time love it enough to make this my third DVD ($15.49 shipped, brand new, after a couple round of offer/counter offer on ebay) and I only just saw it the first time last week (the other Fleming DVD).



    Guess I am hooked. Still hate this opera, but love it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    ...Guess I am hooked. Still hate this opera, but love it too.
    This is one of the operas I first saw. I was in the orchestra stalls, about the fifth row I think. Angela's (a very young Angela) Violetta was so beautiful; I fell in love with her and for a very long time after that, she was the most beautiful woman in the world. Lopardo and Nucci were thoroughly convincing and sung so beautifully I was moved as much as to feel physical ache. If I was any less butch of a man, I would have been crying.
    I still love this opera and this performance is always a benchmark; not necessarily for just singing quality but complete interpretation. I have the dvd but the beauty of Violetta is not quite what was seen on the night on stage.

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    I have the Carlos Kleiber audio recording of La Traviata with Ileana Cotrubas, Domingo, and Milnes, and can definitely recommend it. The gents are great, and she's absolutely heartbreaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I have the Carlos Kleiber audio recording of La Traviata with Ileana Cotrubas, Domingo, and Milnes, and can definitely recommend it. The gents are great, and she's absolutely heartbreaking.
    I was also toying with the Caballe and Scotto recordings, but knew deep down that it had go be Gheorghiu for my first CD set.

    EDIT: In my impatience I ripped it from You Tube and split it into four manageable chunks on Audacity, so I can start listening tonight instead of waiting for the CD to arrive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I hate this opera! But I love it too, so can't help getting a second dose (after the Fleming/Villazon set). This one won't have the great tenor, but definitely a great soprano.
    For the first and, so far, only time, the UK state broadcaster (BBC) cleared it's schedules to show this live. Considering we don't even get an opera at Christmas now, it's doubtful it will ever happen again.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/art...c-two-schedule
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    This is one of the operas I first saw. I was in the orchestra stalls, about the fifth row I think. Angela's (a very young Angela) Violetta was so beautiful; I fell in love with her and for a very long time after that, she was the most beautiful woman in the world. Lopardo and Nucci were thoroughly convincing and sung so beautifully I was moved as much as to feel physical ache. If I was any less butch of a man, I would have been crying.
    I still love this opera and this performance is always a benchmark; not necessarily for just singing quality but complete interpretation. I have the dvd but the beauty of Violetta is not quite what was seen on the night on stage.
    What a great account of your trip.
    "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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