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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I have the video version of this production, with a similar but not identical cast (no Simon Keenlyside, unfortunately). I've been watching it to develop some familiarity with it before this summer's performance.
    Ha! You're going to see Cincinatti performance? That is funny! Wish I could be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    You lost me at Marcello Giordani.
    Okay, if we're pointing fingers...

    Unless I'm looking at the libretto, I don't know if he is in love, about to kill himself or has just been exonerated. Pretty voice though.


    ...

    Iestyn Davies duly noted, thank you
    (all Sensei Soave_Fanciulla recommendations well noted).

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    Not so crazy about this recording - pretty singing, but strangely kind of lifeless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Okay, if we're pointing fingers...

    Unless I'm looking at the libretto, I don't know if he is in love, about to kill himself or has just been exonerated. Pretty voice though.
    Lovely man so I feel bad at being mean, but really...
    Natalie

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    Name:  cendrillon.jpg
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    Conductor: Julius Rudel

    Cendrillon: Frederica von Stade
    Prince: Nicolai Gedda
    Madame: Jane Berbie
    Pandolfe: Jules Bastin
    Fairy Godmother: Ruth Welting
    et al.

    I hadn't listened to this in a long time, and had forgotten how wonderful it is - wonderful opera and Fricka at her peak!

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    Ponchielli: La Gioconda
    Gianandrea Gavazzeni
    Recorded July 1957, Teatro Comunale Florence

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    The cast

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    Anita Cerquetti
    La Gioconda, the wretch. Her voice is a pretty young blonde tortured to death by the cruellest of weapons

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    Giulietta Simionato
    Her voice a noble lady and passionate, so beautiful.

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    Ettore Bastianini
    An evil but seductive voice. This twisted creature that make Jago seem a jolly nice chap. Shiver when you hear him sing O monumento.

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    Mario del Monaco
    A prince, a sailor. Mario sings with passion; with Laura on the ship, I can see the silver moon.

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    Cesare Siepi
    Rich voice with power, power to give and take life. Both magnificent and pathetic.

    A great recording. This is an opera with maybe a slightly weak libretto/story but in the hands of Gavazzeni and these voices this is a powerful drama full of emotional content.

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    Verdi: Macbeth
    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Elena Souliotis, Luciano Pavarotti, Ricardo Cassinelli
    The Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Lamberto Gardelli
    Recorded August 1971, Kingsway Hall, London

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Ponchielli: La Gioconda
    Gianandrea Gavazzeni
    Recorded July 1957, Teatro Comunale Florence

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    A great recording. This is an opera with maybe a slightly weak libretto/story but in the hands of Gavazzeni and these voices this is a powerful drama full of emotional content.
    One of my treasured opera recordings, where can you hear a cast like that today, so many great arias........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Verdi: Macbeth
    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Elena Souliotis, Luciano Pavarotti, Ricardo Cassinelli
    The Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Lamberto Gardelli
    Recorded August 1971, Kingsway Hall, London

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    Souliotis blazes like supernova, the opening aria sequence for Lady MacBeth is one of the greatest ever written for dramatic soprano voice and Elena has its full sinister measure with that dark lower voice (as did Verrett and Callas)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    One of my treasured opera recordings, where can you hear a cast like that today, so many great arias........
    Yes. Thank you for the pointer!

    So good it's scary (or is that Bastianini's Barnaba?)

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    Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea
    Naples manuscript version
    Emanuela Galli (Poppea), Roberta Mameli (Nerone), Josč Maria Lo Monaco (Ottone), Xenia Meijer (Ottavia), Ian Honeyman (Arnalta) & Raffaele Costantini (Seneca)
    La Venexiana,
    Claudio Cavina
    Recorded September 2009 Church of San Carlo, Modena

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    Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia
    Montserrat Caballé (Lucrezia Borgia), Shirley Verrett (Maffio Orsini), Ezio Flagello (Don Alfonso), Franco Ricciardi (Jacopo Liveretto), Franco Romano (Don Apostolo Gazella)
    RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra & RCA Italiana Opera Chorus, Jonel Perlea
    Recorded May 1966, RCA Italiana Studios, Rome

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    I love this version. Self control required to stop me buying expensive earlier RCA release with Lucrezia cover and booklet with libretto. Caballe is beautiful. Verrett is handsome. Kraus is... well both.

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    Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia
    Sutherland, Horne, Aragall, Wixell
    London Opera Chorus
    National Philharmonic Orchestra
    Richard Bonynge
    1989

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    My wife says I'm sick. She's probably right; she usually is.

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    I've started a little Tutto Verdi project for myself and am listening to them all in chronological order. Have just given Oberto a few spins and forgot how much I like it. Fascinating to hear him at the start of his career.



    Am about to move on to this now:

    "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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    Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492
    Simon Keenlyside (Count Almaviva), Véronique Gens (Countess Almaviva), Patrizia Ciofi (Susanna), Lorenzo Regazzo (Figaro), Angelika Kirchschlager (Cherubino), Marie McLaughlin (Marcellina), Kobie van Rensburg (Basilio), Antonio Abete (Bartolo), Nuria Rial (Barbarina)
    Collegium Vocale Gent, Concerto Köln,
    René Jacobs
    Recorded April 2003, Stolberger Saal (Köln)

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    A good recording; very good cast and presented in a beautiful box with a good booklet with libretto in four languages.
    Of course very good sound as it is a studio recording.

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