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    Thanks for the informantion Soave and Alma! I'll check those out down the line

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    Vivaldi: La Fida Ninfa
    Lorenzo Regazzo (bass), Veronica Cangemi (soprano), Christian Senn (bass-baritone), Philippe Jaroussky (counter-tenor), Sandrine Piau (soprano), Sara Mingardo (contralto), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto), Topi Lehtipuu (tenor)
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    Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Recorded Église Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris April/May 2008

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    I saw the lovely Darcey Bussell on the picture box the other evening talking about the jockey club, I mean the history of ballet. She talked briefly about the Sun King...

    Lully: Atys
    Guy de Mey, Guillemette Laurens, Agnès Mellon, Jean-François Gardeil, Jacques Bona, Bernard Deletré, Isabelle Desrochers, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt,Véronique Gens, Michel Laplénie, Stephan Maciejewski, Gilles Ragon, Noémi Rime, Françoise Semellaz, Arlette Steyer & Monique Zanetti
    Les Arts Florissants,
    William Christie
    Recorded Studio 103 de la Maison de Radio France, January 1987.

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    Another one from the Opera Baroque box I really like.

    Some of the teapots from the tea cabinet are going to have to go in to storage to make way for this box...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Revenant was right. This is wonderful - great cast, lovely staging.

    Aren't there two DVD versions of this same production? If so, which do you prefer, Soave?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Is this a good recording? I haven't heard this opera and am trying to decide which recording.
    Both Montserrat Caballe and Marilyn Horne are terrific in this recording. Fanfare magazine archive (online) alleges the tenors aren't up to par, but I think they are fine - the reason for buying and enjoying it, though, really, is to hear Caballe and Horne in their prime.

    I see there is an Opera Rara recording that is well-rated (being sold on Arkivmusic for $76!). I didn't like their lead soprano Carmen Giannattasio on Opera Rara's Il Pirata - I ran out and bought the Pirata with Caballe to listen to what the opera should sound like - and to soothe my eardrums. More intriguing is a live recording on Ponto (whatever that is) with Frederica von Stade, Marilyn Horne, Rockwell Blake, et al. from 1981, available used on Amazon for about U.S. $50.

    I had that Atys in my hot little hands to buy when I was in Berlin, but decided against it because it was so pricey (all baroque operas were priced almost double the 19th/20th century operas) and because I wasn't sure if it was any good. So, now I've put it back on my list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    I had that Atys in my hot little hands to buy when I was in Berlin, but decided against it because it was so pricey (all baroque operas were priced almost double the 19th/20th century operas) and because I wasn't sure if it was any good. So, now I've put it back on my list.
    It is part of the Opera Baroque box collection by Harmonia Mundi. Maybe you could look at that first; it has 17 operas on CD and 2 on DVD. All that I have heard so far is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Aren't there two DVD versions of this same production? If so, which do you prefer, Soave?
    While they have the same stage director, they are different productions, and wide consensus among those who have seen both (I haven't) is that the one depicted above is the best one.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Yes. I talked myself into this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Vivaldi: La Fida Ninfa
    Lorenzo Regazzo (bass), Veronica Cangemi (soprano), Christian Senn (bass-baritone), Philippe Jaroussky (counter-tenor), Sandrine Piau (soprano), Sara Mingardo (contralto), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto), Topi Lehtipuu (tenor)
    Ensemble Matheus,
    Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Recorded Église Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris April/May 2008

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    Before you buy every Vivaldi Naïve label opera individually there is a cheaper boxset available......



    Alas for me it is too late and the financial damage has already been done.........


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    I had been curious about this opera for a long time. Now I understand why it is so rarely performed ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post

    I had been curious about this opera for a long time. Now I understand why it is so rarely performed ...
    Sorry but you have to laugh.

    That's funny.

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    George Frideric Handel: Alcina (HWV 34)
    Premiered on April 16, 1735 Covent Garden Theatre, London

    Joyce DiDonato (Alcina), Maite Beaumont (Ruggiero), Sonia Prina (Bradamante), Karina Gauvin (Morgana), Kobie Van Rensburg (Oronte), Vito Priante (Melisso), Laura Cherici (Oberto)
    Il Complesso Barocco
    Alan Curtis
    Recorded Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, Tuscania September 2007

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    At the moment, this is on my Deserted fantasy Island Discs list.

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    Georg Friedrich Händel:
    Flavio, re de' Longobardi (Flavio, King of the Lombards, HWV 16)
    Premiered on 14 May 1723 at the King's Theatre in the Haymarket

    Jeffrey Gall (Flavio), Derek Lee Ragin (Guido), Lena Lootens (Emilia), Bernarda Fink (Toedata), Christina Högman (Vitige), Gianpaolo Fagotto (Ugone), Ulrich Messthaler (Lotario)
    Ensemble 415, Chiara Banchini,
    René Jacobs
    Recorded October 1989

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    Another very pretty Handel opera from the Baroque Opera collection box.

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    Carl Heinrich Graun (7 May 1704 – 8 August 1759)

    Cleopatra e Cesare

    Or

    Cesare e Cleopatra

    ?

    I shall go with "The Oxford illustrated history of opera", edited by KCL professor Roger Parker, which refers to the opera as "Cesare e Cleopatra", until otherwise convinced.

    Either way, I have been enjoying this opera today.

    Cesare e Cleopatra
    Janet Williams (Cleopatra), Iris Vermillion (Cesare), Lynne Dawson (Cornelia), Robert Gambill (Tolomeo), Ralf Popken (Arsace), Jeffrey Francis (Lentulo), Klaus Häger (Achilla), Elisabeth Scholl (Cneo), María Cristina Kiehr (Sesto).
    RIAS Kammerchor, Concerto Köln.
    René Jacobs
    Recorded Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem April-May 1995.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I saw the lovely Darcey Bussell on the picture box the other evening talking about the jockey club, I mean the history of ballet. She talked briefly about the Sun King...

    Lully: Atys
    Guy de Mey, Guillemette Laurens, Agnès Mellon, Jean-François Gardeil, Jacques Bona, Bernard Deletré, Isabelle Desrochers, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt,Véronique Gens, Michel Laplénie, Stephan Maciejewski, Gilles Ragon, Noémi Rime, Françoise Semellaz, Arlette Steyer & Monique Zanetti
    Les Arts Florissants,
    William Christie
    Recorded Studio 103 de la Maison de Radio France, January 1987.

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    Another one from the Opera Baroque box I really like.

    Some of the teapots from the tea cabinet are going to have to go in to storage to make way for this box...
    They re-staged that historical production a few years ago. The staging, the singing, the orchestra, the conductor and the acting are all sublime. Unfortunately for me, I don't happen to like most of Lully's music. Rameau leaves him in the dust, imo. But if you like Atys, I can recommend this blue ray of the later production.

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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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