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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Love your analogies. Would be worth getting this to check out the labrador!
    Or get a labrador to find out what Yuri Marusin sounds like



    but only with the understanding that a dog is for life, not just for opera

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    By the way, this is the singer, after the performance at Glyndebourne, waiting for the bus back to neighboring town Lewes, where he was staying.
    Shouldn't that sign say "No Barking"?

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    more Tchaikovsky

    I'm afraid it doesn't end too well for these guys either

    Tchaikovsky: Charodeika
    Oleg Klenov (Prince Nikita Kurlyatev), Lyudmila Simonova (Princess Yevpraksiya Romanovna), Lev Kuznetsov (Prince Yuri), Evgeni Vladimirov (Mamirov), Nina Derbina (Nenila), Boris Dobrin (Ivan Zhuran), Rimma Glushkova (Natasia)
    Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
    Gennady Provatorov
    Recorded 1977 (?) perhaps in the Moscow Conservatory Great Hall (?)

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    dark tale, beautiful music and... err... enchanting

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    Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

    Diana Damrau (Lucia), Ludovic Tézier (Enrico Ashton), Joseph Calleja (Edgardo Di Ravenswood), David Lee (Lord Arturo Bucklaw), Nicolas Testé (Raimondo Bidebent), Marie Mclaughlin (Alisa) & Andrew Lepri Meyer (Normanno)

    Münchener Opernchor & Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos
    Erato - 2564621901

    I spent the Christmas with among others this present.
    I am very sorry to say.... not so good.
    Ms Damrau has a nice voice but this is something different than the doll role from The Tales of Hofmann.
    That's how she approach it like that role, the notes are there but noway this is a woman who just lost it.
    The males are very well , Calleja is fast approaching becoming a very great tenor.
    Mr Cobos lost the plot complete. try it and you know what I mean.
    As if I heard a very different opera all together

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
    ...
    I am very sorry to say.... not so good.
    ...
    Oh well. I did have my eye on that (though it was quite far down on the list) but I might leave it for a while now.


    but for me this morning... but for me this morning... but for me this morning... but for me this morning... but for me this morning...

    Rimsky Korsakov: The Tale of Tsar Saltan
    I. Petrov (Tsar Saltan), E. Smolenskaya (Militrissa), L. Nikitiana (Weaver), E. Shumilova (Cook), E. Verbitskaya (Babarikha), V. Ivanovsky (Gvidon), G. Oleinichenko (Princess Swan), P. Chekin (Old Grandfather), A. Ivanov (Messenger), M. Reshetin (Jester), N. Kaluzhsky, A. Bolshakov, A. Gheleva (Sea Merchants)
    The Choir and Orchestra of the USSR State Academic Bolshoi Theatre
    Chief choir master – A. Khazanov
    Choir master – I. Litsvenko
    Conductor – Vassili Nebolsin
    Recorded 1958
    Remastering – N. Radugina 2014

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    Unfortunately, no cover art for this one, but a delightful and beautifully sung L'Italiana in Algeri on the Met Opera Radio on SiriusXM (satellite radio), while driving home last night. Traffic was nasty on I-95 and I was mesmerized by the gorgeous singing of Marilyn Horne, Kathleen Battle and John Rockwell. Ca 1980, I think.

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    more Rimsky-Korsakov

    Rimsky Korsakov: Snegurochka (The Snow Maiden)
    Valentina Sokolik (Snow Maiden), Irina Arkhipova (Spring), Anton Grigoriev (Tsar Berendey), Anatoly Moksayakov (Mizgir), Lidya Sakharenko (Kupava), Alexander Vedernikov (King Frost), Vladimir Matorin (Bermyata) & Ivan Budrin (Carnival)
    Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio
    Vladimir Fedoseyev
    Recorded 1975

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    absolutely superb

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    9 reasons why Katherine Battle is one of my favourite sopranos, mauvais caractère notwithstanding.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    9 reasons why Katherine Battle is one of my favourite sopranos, mauvais caractère notwithstanding.

    I haven't told any stories for awhile, so here's another oldie:

    When I was doing my supernumerary thing with the Met when they were at the Kennedy Center on tour, back in the early 1980s, the singers' rehearsal and dressing rooms and supers' dressing rooms were sort of co-located. I had changed into my costume and was waiting for the rest of the supers to finish and was bored, so wandered out into the hallway and nearby elevator lobby. I heard this amazing soprano voice singing scales - just clear as a bell. I stood transfixed when the elevator doors opened and this beautiful young petite African-American woman popped out. I looked at her and asked who it was that I had heard singing. She gave me a dazzling smile, turned and walked down the hall, and brightly said "That - was me".

    I was in a bit of a daze, and went back into the dressing room and asked the Met costume guy who she was. He said "that was Kathleen Battle and she'll be famous some day".

    I'm still dazzled and don't believe all those awful things people said about her in NYC.

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    This is well done, but I have to admit that I'm not crazy about the timbre of Rene Kollo's voice. He is in very good form on this recording with no evident struggles in hitting all the notes, but the voice has something of a strident quality that will take some getting used to. Christa Ludwig - great. Chorus - great. Georg Solti - great. Loved the shepherd scene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I haven't told any stories for awhile, so here's another oldie:

    When I was doing my supernumerary thing with the Met when they were at the Kennedy Center on tour, back in the early 1980s, the singers' rehearsal and dressing rooms and supers' dressing rooms were sort of co-located. I had changed into my costume and was waiting for the rest of the supers to finish and was bored, so wandered out into the hallway and nearby elevator lobby. I heard this amazing soprano voice singing scales - just clear as a bell. I stood transfixed when the elevator doors opened and this beautiful young petite African-American woman popped out. I looked at her and asked who it was that I had heard singing. She gave me a dazzling smile, turned and walked down the hall, and brightly said "That - was me".

    I was in a bit of a daze, and went back into the dressing room and asked the Met costume guy who she was. He said "that was Kathleen Battle and she'll be famous some day".

    I'm still dazzled and don't believe all those awful things people said about her in NYC.


    Ha! I love Hoffmann's tales!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post


    Ha! I love Hoffmann's tales!
    Offenbach should have made of this one a fourth act, complete with her rise to fame and fall from grace! Where is that TARDIS? Let's tell Offenbach about this!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    This is well done, but I have to admit that I'm not crazy about the timbre of Rene Kollo's voice. He is in very good form on this recording with no evident struggles in hitting all the notes, but the voice has something of a strident quality that will take some getting used to. Christa Ludwig - great. Chorus - great. Georg Solti - great. Loved the shepherd scene.
    I'm another who just can't warm up to Kollo's voice. For a long time, I wondered why I didn't like a voice that so many others found appealing -- and then came across a review where the critic described Kollo as being "his usual sour, strained self." Finally, there was someone else who was hearing what I was hearing, and I just decided this is one of those great singers whose voices I will never "get." Actually, I find his voice rather attractive when he is singing in his midrange and at moderate dynamic levels.

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    Rimsky Korsakov: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia
    Galina Gorchakova, Vladimir Galusin, Nikolai Putilin, Nikolai Ohotnikov, Yuri Marusin, Bulat Minjelkiev, Vladimir Ognovienko
    Kirov Opera & Orchestra
    Valery Gergiev
    Live recording February 1994, Mariinksy Theatre, St Petersburg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    This is well done, but I have to admit that I'm not crazy about the timbre of Rene Kollo's voice. He is in very good form on this recording with no evident struggles in hitting all the notes, but the voice has something of a strident quality that will take some getting used to.
    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I'm another who just can't warm up to Kollo's voice. For a long time, I wondered why I didn't like a voice that so many others found appealing -- and then came across a review where the critic described Kollo as being "his usual sour, strained self." Finally, there was someone else who was hearing what I was hearing, and I just decided this is one of those great singers whose voices I will never "get." Actually, I find his voice rather attractive when he is singing in his midrange and at moderate dynamic levels.
    If you don't like Kollo as Tannhäuser early in his career on the 1970 Solti recording (when he was only thirty-three years old, three years before he assayed the role onstage), you'll be *really* put off by his performance in the same role, way past his prime, in the DVD of David Alden's rather strange Bavarian State Opera production from 1994.



    Kollo may have been at his best singing Walther in the Karajan Meistersinger from 1970, the same year as his Solti Tannhäuser. Whatever his vocal shortcomings, he and Helen Donath make for a lively, appealing pair of young lovers.


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