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    Britten: The Turn of the Screw
    Peter Pears (Prologue/Quint), Jennifer Vyvyan (Governess), Joan Cross (Mrs Grose), Olive Dyer (Flora), David Hemmings (Miles), Arda Mandikian (Miss Jessel)
    English Opera Group,
    Benjamin Britten

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    (Decca label)

    Yes, now I think I should have bought the Britten collection box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    István Kertész conducts Kodaly & Bartók
    Bartók:
    Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48, Op. 11
    Walter Berry (bass-baritone) & Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano)
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Kodály:
    Háry János, Op. 15
    Peter Ustinov (narrator), György Melis (baritone), Erzsébet Komlóssy (contralto), Márgit László (soprano), Olga Szönyi (mezzo soprano), László Palócz (bass-baritone), Zsolt Bende (baritone)
    Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir, Edinburgh Festival Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra

    Attachment 4031

    Anyone thinking of buying Decca legendary records BB Castle (GBP 9) add GBP 1 and upgrade to this record to get the Kodály opera as well. Go on, you know it makes sense! (Sorry, still some Only fools and Horses left in me).


    Yay!! I have this on my wish list & wasn't sure about the Háry János (already have a couple of Bluebeards). Mwah Clayton!!
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    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 Clayton View Post

    Yes, now I think I should have bought the Britten collection box.
    Can never have too much Britten.
    Natalie

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    Recently finished listening to Vivaldi's Ercole Sul Termodonte, so I just ordered this other opera, also with a strong cast of singers.

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    Never try to teach a pig to sing. You will waste your time and you will annoy the pig.

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    It was high time that Lawrence Brownlee got a recording contract to showcase what he does best.
    Natalie

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    Today Is Magda Olivero's 104th Birthday.
    Happy Birthday, Dear Magda!

    Well, that was the message in my "in box" earlier this week, from the Belcanto society. It was promoting her celebrated Adriana Lecouvreur performance released on CD. However I suffer from high purchase costs in the UK (USD 12.75 postage) so I looked elsewhere.

    They planted the seed you see...

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    Teatro di San Carlo, Mario Rossi
    Magda Olivero, Giulietta Simionato, Franco Corelli, Ettore Bastianini

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Today Is Magda Olivero's 104th Birthday.
    Happy Birthday, Dear Magda!

    Well, that was the message in my "in box" earlier this week, from the Belcanto society. It was promoting her celebrated Adriana Lecouvreur performance released on CD. However I suffer from high purchase costs in the UK (USD 12.75 postage) so I looked elsewhere.

    They planted the seed you see...

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    Teatro di San Carlo, Mario Rossi
    Magda Olivero, Giulietta Simionato, Franco Corelli, Ettore Bastianini
    The superstar overall cast above also available in cheap opera d oro label release

    Later Bel Canto society/opera fanatic release also great 1965 stereo live performance with lesser known cast, Olivero is very famous/revered in Italy but not nearly as much elsewhere......



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    The superstar overall cast above also available in cheap opera d oro label release...
    Oh dash!

    I see the opera d'oro includes an Italian/English libretto...

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    Oh well. I hope it is a good enough recording for me to consider this irrelevant (I am sure the libretto is available somewhere online) to my experience.

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    So many lately: This covers the last two months or three

    -Bellini's complete operas (I am not opposed to digital downloads and it was a steal on amazon at 8.99)
    -Haydn's complete operas conducted by Dorati
    -La Rondine
    -Les Troyens
    -Gluck's Orphee et Euridice, Paride et Elena, and Iphigenie et Aulide
    -Wagner Lohengrin

    and for my birthday: Strauss the Great Operas.

    And I'm NOT an "opera buff" or opera specialist! I've my work cut out for me these next months' listening!

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    I'm not sure what the exact qualification is for "opera buff" but you're well on your way with that shopping list!

    I'll stake my jam sandwich on the fact that you'll be very pleased with your 8.99 Bellini purchase.

    Gluck's Paride ed Elena is a really beautiful opera.

    Be sure to report back with your thoughts on all of these!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    So many lately: This covers the last two months or three

    -Bellini's complete operas (I am not opposed to digital downloads and it was a steal on amazon at 8.99)
    -Haydn's complete operas conducted by Dorati
    -La Rondine
    -Les Troyens
    -Gluck's Orphee et Euridice, Paride et Elena, and Iphigenie et Aulide
    -Wagner Lohengrin

    and for my birthday: Strauss the Great Operas.

    And I'm NOT an "opera buff" or opera specialist! I've my work cut out for me these next months' listening!
    Great list, Sonata.
    Make sure you get our guide to Les Troyens to enjoy it more. [here]
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Wagner: Lohengrin
    Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin), Annette Dasch (Elsa), Susanne Resmark (Ortrud), Gerd Grochowski (Friedrich von Telramund), Markus Brück (Der Heerrufer des Königs), Günther Groissböck (Heinrich der Vogler)
    Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Rundfunkchor Berlin,
    Marek Janowski
    Live recording 12 November 2011 Berlin Philharmonie concert performance

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    Handel: Orlando
    Owen Willetts (Orlando), Karina Gauvin (Angelica), Allyson McHardy (Medoro), Amanda Forsythe (Dorinda), Nathan Berg (Zoroastro)
    Pacific Baroque Orchestra,
    Alexander Weimann

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    Catalani: La Wally
    Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, Piero Cappuccilli, Justino Diaz, Lydia Marimpietri & Alfredo Mariotti
    Coro Lirico di Torino & Orchestre national de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo
    Fausto Cleva
    Recorded - Monte Carlo, June 1968

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Catalani: La Wally
    Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, Piero Cappuccilli, Justino Diaz, Lydia Marimpietri & Alfredo Mariotti
    Coro Lirico di Torino & Orchestre national de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo
    Fausto Cleva
    Recorded - Monte Carlo, June 1968

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    Foolishly I did not acquire this recording until recently because so many "experts" said it was a weak opera and not worthy of my time, wrong!!!!!

    I love this opera both singing and music, all the great sopranos have recital CDs with the beautiful aria "Ebben? Ne Andrň Lontana"

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