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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Our poor friend Florestan, he must be getting Fidelio withdrawel symptoms by now...

    Have you got access to spotify?

    For some operas, I do sometimes go through spotify listening to the various recordings.

    Like Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice for instance, I think I have listened to every one they have (that is quite a few)...
    For some reason I want to own the actual DVDs. I still need a DVD of Harnoncourt with Jonas Kaufmann that I watched on You Tube. Even though strange, I am attached to that production now.

    And I need the 1977 Mehta production featuring Gundula Janowitz but the DVD is very hard to find. I found one at about $60 shipped and ought to simply splurge, but am trying to see if it has English subs.

    Another interesting thing is how the English subtitles vary between DVDs of same opera.
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    I had a lovely walk this morning on a beautiful day, accompanied by:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Inspired by Natalie...
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    How come this is so highly regarded? It seems very specific to Opera Lively....
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    I think it's just Clayton. He just adores it...
    Oh kerfuffle

    look what you've made me do

    it took me ages to get that CD out of the player, now I've gone and stuck it back in again

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    I've come to love the Paris version more than other versions of this. I don't know what I'm going to think of Domingo in this recording..I found his Tristan to be...I don't know, I think his voice is just more suited to Puccini than Wagner.
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    I love Domingo's voice, but his German pronunciation is not idiomatic. And for me, that's always been something of a stumbling block when listening to him sing roles in the German repertoire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekrotzar View Post


    I've come to love the Paris version more than other versions of this. I don't know what I'm going to think of Domingo in this recording..I found his Tristan to be...I don't know, I think his voice is just more suited to Puccini than Wagner.

    I have mixed feelings about Domingo's Wagner. I've seen him sing both Siegmund and Parsifal - aside from the visuals of a guy that's just way too old to play youths, he sings circles around just about anyone else. His Siegmund was jaw-dropping and his Parsifal was a magnificent portrayal beautifully sung. Considering that I've found Parsifal to not be particularly accessible, I appreciated hearing the role so well done.

    On the other hand, I don't care for his Lohengrin recording, which I find very, well, Italianate. Some might find it not inconsistent with Wagner's 'most Italianate' opera, but I prefer hearing a true Heldentenor in the role. I'm not surprised to hear that the same might be true with his Tannhäuser. These two operas are, I think, far more difficult to perform well than one would expect.

    Tristan is a bear of a role and, too often, tenors have to force - I've seen tenors bellow their way through Act III too many times - a situation not likely to happen to Domingo. I don't know about Tristan, I haven't heard him in the role, so need to listen and would try and give him a chance.

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    I'm actually quite enjoying Domingo in Tannhäuser.
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    Gustave Doré (1832-1883) - Ruggiero rescuing Angelica

    Handel: Orlando
    Bejun Mehta (Orlando), Sophie Karthäuser (Angelica), Kristina Hammarström (Medoro), Sunhae Im (Dorinda), Konstantin Wolff (Zoroastro)
    B'Rock Orchestra, René Jacobs
    2013

    I like Mehta in this role, he has fire.

    I think they should have used the image depicted (used on inside front cover of accompanying booklet) on the CD cover rather than the rather uninteresting image used.

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    Der Fliegende Holländer. Nice to listen to early(er) Wagner for a change. Absolutely love the Wagner operas conducted by Janowski on this label.

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    Never too much.

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    Fidelio Mehta with Janowitz 4 times from You tube sound track

    Fidelio Bernstein with Janowitz from DVD soundtrack which i like better than the Bernstein/Janowitz on CD.

    And now am really appreciating how excellent Christa Ludwig is as Leonore on this wonderful recording:

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    Vivaldi: Farnace
    Furio Zanasi, Sara Mingardo, Adriana Fernández, Gloria Banditelli, Cinzia Forte & Fulvio Bettini
    Le Concert Des Nations & Coro del Teatro de la Zarzuela, Jordi Savall (director)



    Vivaldi: La Verità in cimento
    Nathalie Stutzmann, Gemma Bertagnoli, Sara Mingardo, Guillemette Laurens, Philippe Jaroussky, Anthony Rolfe Johnson
    Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi



    Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso
    (Jaroussky's aria with the flute solo, OMG)
    Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jennifer Larmore, Veronica Cangemi, Philippe Jaroussky, Lorenzo Regazzo, Ann Hallenberg, Blandine Staskiewicz
    Choeur Les Eléments & Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi



    Campra: Tancrède
    Benoît Arnould (Tancrède), Isabelle Druet (Clorinde), Chantal Santon (Herminie), Alain Buet (Argant) & Éric Martin-Bonnet (Isménor)
    Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles & Orchestre Les Temps Présents, Olivier Schneebeli

    Natalie

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    Spooky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Spooky.
    This is an opera I have a love-hate relationship with. Whilst I love Britten's operas and the atmosphere he creates with the music...the libretto is a simplistic adaptation of the original story focussed on an interpretation which I think was actually a little out of date even when the opera was being written.
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    I don't think there are any baroque opera composers who beat Vivaldi in writing (and reusing) the best arias.
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