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    Opera Lively Moderator Top Contributor Member Soave_Fanciulla's Avatar
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    More extremely enjoyable modern opera from Jonathan Dove, and a heartbreaking and relevant plot in this age of internet scams (see below)

    Dove: Siren Song
    Brad Cooper (tenor), Mattijs van de Woerd (baritone) & Amaryllis Dieltiens (soprano)
    Siren Ensemble, Henk Guittart



    "The opera is based on a bizarre, true story. A young sailor on HMS Ark Royal exchanges letters with a beautiful and successful model personally unknown to him, yet with whom he becomes infatuated. Over time a romantic and passionate relationship develops, yet a meeting is increasingly difficult to arrange and Davey proves to be the victim of an elaborate deception." (Presto Website)
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    "The opera is based on a bizarre, true story. A young sailor on HMS Ark Royal exchanges letters with a beautiful and successful model personally unknown to him, yet with whom he becomes infatuated. Over time a romantic and passionate relationship develops, yet a meeting is increasingly difficult to arrange and Davey proves to be the victim of an elaborate deception." (Presto Website)
    I'd have called it Catfish.

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    Those covers have awesome imagery, I think from the actual performance. Ah, if only they would release it on DVD!
    Did they film the production? I've never heard as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I'd have called it Catfish.
    eew, yes... but the opera is more about the seductive aspect than the deceptive one.
    Natalie

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    Once again, it's that time of year: 20 MPH winds leading to some nasty wind chill temperatures (8F at 10:00 AM) so, I did get in a walk yesterday before the temps started to drop:


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    The day before, another old favorite:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Once again, it's that time of year: 20 MPH winds leading to some nasty wind chill temperatures (8F at 10:00 AM) so, I did get in a walk yesterday before the temps started to drop:

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    That is cold!



    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    The day before, another old favorite:

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    Good marching music!
    "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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    Sound Clips


    Now this one:


    Tomorrow:
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor,
    a recording from 12/12/1992 with Panni, Anderson and Leech
    Playing on Met Opera Radio

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    I needed something good to assist my trip to the supermarket this morning and this Fidelio was perfect for the job. I can't remember who recommended it now but thank you whoever you are. Leonore tomorrow.

    "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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    Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor
    With Carlo Bergonzi & Beverly Sills, conducted by Thomas Schippers

    Here's the thing with Donizetti: I don't listen to him often but I think I'm going to really grow to love him as a composer. I consistently enjoy most of what I hear by him, and it's a bonus that his style is similar to early Verdi. I was blown away both times I heard fragments of Lucia, and I'm glad to finally be listening to this album completely. It may become a favorite for me!

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    Listening to this on YouTube, but I may have to buy the miraculously remastered Pristine XR version before too long.



    I already have a complete Walküre, along with a couple of single-act recordings, from this pre-war period. Still, this performance stands out. Melchior's Siegmund, always impressive, is here particularly on point and energetic. Marjorie Lawrence makes Sieglinde more of a strong, courageous woman than the touching victim of Lotte Lehmann's famous interpretation, while being vocally fleeter and lighter than the heavier timbre of Astrid Varnay.

    Perhaps most significantly, this performance is Flagstad's only complete pre-war recording of the Walküre Brünnhilde, here sounding less matronly than she did for Furtwängler a decade later at La Scala. And while the usual Met Wotan of the day was the great Friedrich Schorr--who by the early 40's was a sad ruin of his former self--this performance features the underrated young Julius Huehn, not quite as sharply characterized but in much healthier voice.

    With Emanuel List's usual dark Hunding and Karin Branzell's fervent Fricka, all under Erich Leinsdorf's driven conducting, this is a powerful performance--particularly in its resurrected Pristine manifestation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post

    Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor
    With Carlo Bergonzi & Beverly Sills, conducted by Thomas Schippers

    Here's the thing with Donizetti: I don't listen to him often but I think I'm going to really grow to love him as a composer. I consistently enjoy most of what I hear by him, and it's a bonus that his style is similar to early Verdi. I was blown away both times I heard fragments of Lucia, and I'm glad to finally be listening to this album completely. It may become a favorite for me!
    This opera and this recording is what is technically described as a whopper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Listening to this on YouTube, but I may have to buy the miraculously remastered Pristine XR version before too long...
    Yes! Get, get, get I say!

    Well, maybe only one get is required.

    I'm looking into that now.

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    Meanwhile, in between Bach which I have been listening to in between the cricket, I have been listening to Parsifal.

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    Wagner: Parsifal
    George London (Amfortas), Martti Talvela (Titurel), Hans Hotter (Gurnemanz), Jess Thomas (Parsifal), Gustav Neidlinger (Klingsor), Irene Dalis (Kundry)
    Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Hans Knappertsbusch
    1962 Bayreuth Festival

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