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    Opera Lively Staff Member Top Contributor Member Hoffmann's Avatar
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    I had a lovely afternoon listening to this during my outing, long enough I wasn't quite able to get all the way through the recording. Of note, however, (and this was far more impressive on its 2nd listen than its first) was Samuel Ramey. Really at his peak. Who knew that a bass/baritone could handle this kind of coloratura with such dexterity?


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    My "round-the-volcanic-basin" walk today:

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I had a lovely afternoon listening to this during my outing, long enough I wasn't quite able to get all the way through the recording. Of note, however, (and this was far more impressive on its 2nd listen than its first) was Samuel Ramey. Really at his peak. Who knew that a bass/baritone could handle this kind of coloratura with such dexterity?


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    Oooh (I'm so predictable!!)

    On wish list ... no, in basket ... no, 'bought'
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    My "round-the-volcanic-basin" walk today:

    I like this opera. I love this production/recording.

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    Verdi: La forza del destino
    Martina Arroyo, Carlo Bergonzi, Piero Cappuccilli, Ruggero Raimondi
    Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Lamberto Gardelli

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    Oh yes.

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    Verdi: La forza del destino
    Leontyne Price (Leonora), Placido Domingo (Don Alvaro), Sherrill Milnes (Don Carlo), Fiorenza Cossotto (Preziosilla), Bonaldo Giaiotti (Padre Guardiano), Gabriel Bacquier (Fra Melitone), Gillian Knight (Curra), Michel SÚnÚchal (Mastro Trabuco), William Elvin (Un Chirurgo), Malcolm King (Un Alcalde)
    John Alldis Choir & London Symphony Orchestra, James Levine
    Studio recording, 1976

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    Also I like.

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    Handel: Semele
    Rosemary Joshua (Semele), Hilary Summers (Juno/Ino), Richard Croft (Jupiter), Stephen Wallace (Athamas), Brindley Sherratt (Cadmus/Somnus) & Gail Pearson (Iris), David Croft (Apollo)
    Early Opera Company (on period instruments), Christian Curnyn



    Richard Croft's Jupiter makes me swoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I like this opera. I love this production/recording.
    Yes it's a real counter-tenor treat, with three very distinct voices possessed by very fine singers.
    Natalie

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    Britten: Peter Grimes
    Jon Vickers (Grimes), Heather Harper (Ellen), Jonathan Summers (Balstrode), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Auntie), Teresa Cahill (First Niece), Anne Pashley (Second Niece), John Dobson (Bob Boles), Forbes Robinson (Swallow), Patricia Payne (Mrs Sedley), John Lanigan (Horace Adams), Thomas Allen (Ned Keene), Richard Van Allan (Hobson)
    Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis 1978

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    an earthy Grimes and Heather Harper's Ellen with a purity that is a wonderful combination

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    Britten: Peter Grimes
    Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Grimes), Felicity Lott (Ellen Orford), Thomas Allen (Balstrode), Patricia Payne (Auntie), Sarah Walker (Mrs Sedley), Simon Keenlyside (Ned Keene), Stafford Dean (Swallow), David Wilson-Johnson (Hobson), Maria Bovino (First Niece), Gillian Webster (Second Niece)
    Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Bernard Haitink 1992

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    Wonderful voice of Rolfe-Johnson but a different interpretation of Peter Grimes; a somewhat more reflective character that kind of changes the balance of the situation between Peter Grimes and the Borough (and Ellen)

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    Bizet: Carmen

    Renat Shaham, Dmytro Popov, Andrew Jones, Nichole Car

    I have this DVD, and the audio on mp3.

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    Mussorgsky: Khovantchina
    Claudio Abbado
    Nicolai Ghiaurov,Vladimir Atlantov,Yuri Maruzin,Anatoly Kocherga,Paata Burchuladze

    The mp3 from this DVD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Handel: Semele
    Rosemary Joshua (Semele), Hilary Summers (Juno/Ino), Richard Croft (Jupiter), Stephen Wallace (Athamas), Brindley Sherratt (Cadmus/Somnus) & Gail Pearson (Iris), David Croft (Apollo)
    Early Opera Company (on period instruments), Christian Curnyn



    Richard Croft's Jupiter makes me swoon...
    After a double dose of Peter Grimes (great opera but it can leave me feeling a little grey about humanity) I needed something pretty and so followed Soave_Fanciulla here. I know she gets tricked into sticking her hand in the toaster but...

    I don't swoon

    though Hilary Summers and Rosemary Joshua (and the whole opera actually) leave me with a nice warm fuzzy feeling inside. Is that the same?

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    Verdi: Stiffelio

    Jose Carreras

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    ...so followed Soave_Fanciulla here. I know she gets tricked into sticking her hand in the toaster but...
    I just re-read this post and wanted to clarify that it is Semele that gets tricked. I am sure Soave_Fanciulla would never stick her hand in the toaster.

    I continued with the lighter fayre

    Rossini: La Cenerentola
    Cecilia Bartoli (Cenerentola), William Matteuzzi (Ramiro), Enzo Dara (Don Magnifico), Alessandro Corbelli (Dandini), Michele Pertusi (Alidoro)
    Chorus & Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Riccardo Chailly 1993

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    A beautiful recording of a lovely opera

    and please do not stick your hand in the toaster under any circumstances

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I just re-read this post and wanted to clarify that it is Semele that gets tricked. I am sure Soave_Fanciulla would never stick her hand in the toaster.
    I often stick my hand in the toaster in response to the wail "mum I can't get my toast out of the toaster it's too hot"

    On the other hand I have never been known to nag my Greek god boyfriend to appear to me in his real and terminally terrifying form. Probably because my BF is not a Greek god, dammit.
    Natalie

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