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    Great recording. One of Solti's best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    Great recording. One of Solti's best.
    I haven't heard this one, though I have both the Kempe and Sawallisch recordings with Jess Thomas. Domingo's Wagner, however, is really impressive, so I may need to add this version of one of my favorite Wagner operas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I haven't heard this one, though I have both the Kempe and Sawallisch recordings with Jess Thomas. Domingo's Wagner, however, is really impressive, so I may need to add this version of one of my favorite Wagner operas!
    You need to get this.
    Domingo is really great in this. Other worldly. And Solti gets this opera.
    A little more spacious then Kempe. Its up there with Kempe which I have also.
    A favorite opera of mine as well.

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    I've listened to the other Mozart operas any number of times over the past couple of months, but completely looked past The Magic Flute for one reason or another. Lucia Popp is amazing - it's like discovering the opera all over again!

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    Now I think I may need to add the Böhm recording with Fritz Wunderlich ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I've listened to the other Mozart operas any number of times over the past couple of months, but completely looked past The Magic Flute for one reason or another. Lucia Popp is amazing - it's like discovering the opera all over again!

    Now I think I may need to add the Böhm recording with Fritz Wunderlich ...
    If you do, I'm certain you won't regret it. I have five recordings of this opera, and the Böhm is my favorite of the group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    If you do, I'm certain you won't regret it. I have five recordings of this opera, and the Böhm is my favorite of the group.
    My favorites too. Klemp without dialog which i enjoy.

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    Rheingold today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I just saw Mariusz Kwiecien as Onegin this past weekend in Eugene Onegin at the Met in New York. I had heard his name, but didn't know his work. Very impressed.
    I saw this at the cinema last night. Kwiecień was good, but Netrebko was utterly fantastic. I've never cried in the letter scene before, but I did this time. And the bonus of a great Filippyevna in Larissa Diadkova.

    And then this:



    Lots of slightly distracting fondling, two rather wobbly sopranos (voice not assets), and a wonderful ending where the Don is dragged to hell by writhing tormented naked damned souls.
    Natalie

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    I was thinking about Suliotis' Anna and Callas' Norma, got confused and ended up listening to something different.

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    (Closet purchase).
    I am soooo fickle. Edita ('s Anna) was the love of my life, then Dark_Angel introduced me to Elena and Maria, now there's also Leyla on the way. Edita is moving further and further towards the back of the tea cabinet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    Rheingold today.
    Beautiful box design. Really beautiful. I just noticed this post but I am going back to the banks of the Rhine tomorrow.

    Inspired by Itullian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I was thinking about Suliotis' Anna and Callas' Norma, got confused and ended up listening to something different.

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    (Closet purchase).
    I am soooo fickle. Edita ('s Anna) was the love of my life, then Dark_Angel introduced me to Elena and Maria, now there's also Leyla on the way. Edita is moving further and further towards the back of the tea cabinet...
    No, no! Say it's not so! Don't give up on Edita Gruberova just yet, in her prime, she could not be beat. While her singing Lucrezia Borgia at age 66 does make me wonder, I heard her sing the stratospheric role of Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) in 1979 (when she was 33) that resulted in a 15 minute foot-stomping ovation. Btw, I still remember that she was very sweet when I asked for her autograph!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    No, no! Say it's not so! Don't give up on Edita Gruberova just yet, in her prime, she could not be beat. While her singing Lucrezia Borgia at age 66 does make me wonder, I heard her sing the stratospheric role of Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) in 1979 (when she was 33) that resulted in a 15 minute foot-stomping ovation. Btw, I still remember that she was very sweet when I asked for her autograph!
    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrghh! Jealous! Do you still have that autograph?

    It's not so. I still love her!

    And her 66yr old Lucrezia.

    AND where has Nightingale Classics gone? The website has been in a state of "updating" for months.

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    You must be kidding!

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    I can't read the autograph at the bottom of the page, so I can't say who in the cast it belongs to.

    Incidentally, I was a super in 3 of the productions Vienna brought to the Kennedy Center (also in Fidelio and Marriage of Figaro). I think I peaked too soon!

    I've retired from the stage...

    Edit: I don't know how to post these pages in larger format so you can read them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    ...I heard her sing the stratospheric role of Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) in 1979 (when she was 33) that resulted in a 15 minute foot-stomping ovation.
    Please tell me more...

    Btw, I still remember that she was very sweet when I asked for her autograph!
    Please tell me more...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    ...Incidentally, I was a super in 3 of the productions Vienna brought to the Kennedy Center (also in Fidelio and Marriage of Figaro)...
    Please tell me more...

    Edit: I don't know how to post these pages in larger format so you can read them!
    Please bribe your nephew with a treat at that ham and sherry bar (kill 2 birds with..) to show you how.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Incidentally, I was a super in 3 of the productions Vienna brought to the Kennedy Center (also in Fidelio and Marriage of Figaro). I think I peaked too soon!
    I remember the radio broadcasts of those performances, with Janowitz as the Contessa d'Almaviva and Popp as Susanna. I think the Staatsoper also brought their production of Ariadne auf Naxos to Washington, with Janowitz in the title role.

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