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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Can't go wrong with this one

    Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
    Piero Cappuccilli (Boccanegra), Mirella Freni (Amelia/Maria), José van Dam (Paolo), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Jacopo Fiesco), José Carreras (Gabriele)
    La Scala Chorus & Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

    " … if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it."
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    Love this

    " … if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it."
    Roald Dahl

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    Love this

    So do I! What a cast!
    Natalie

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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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    A pair of operas from this wonderful set: Puccini: La Boheme and Manon Lescaut

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    Love this

    I don't know this version, but that is a spectacular opera!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
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    I don't know this version, but that is a spectacular opera!
    Pappano is sublime as are the singers.
    " … if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it."
    Roald Dahl

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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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    I'd like to revisit this opera. I have only seen it once twenty-six years ago at Covent Garden when Anna Tomowa-Sintow was in the role of the Empress and Haitink conducted.

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    So I listened to Puccini's opera about a heroine who is condemned as a prostitute (Manon Lescaut) and another who dies of consumption (La Boheme)

    It seems natural now to listen to Verdi's opera about a prostitute who dies of consumption. So on to La Traviata!
    I'm listening to the recording with Nicolai Gedda and the wonderful Beverly Sills in its entirety, but also supplementing with Carlos Kleiber's recording featuring Placido Domingo and Ileana Cotrubas in the key highlights:




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    The record box set wouldn't fit in the tea cabinet so is displayed on top of it at the moment. However now I have a twelve inch Ileana Cotrubas staring at me all day and in that size she looks quite a bit different from the CD size picture. I might end up having to move her.

    *Purchase of record box set in purchases thread

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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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    I need more than the standard seven colour crayon set* to figure out this story, some props like a doll set might help. Then when you finally figure it out, you think "is that it?". So by the time you pull it out of the tea cabinet again, you've already forgotten the plot and have to start again.
    The good bit is the music is enough to stick in you mind to tell you to have a listen again

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    Vivaldi: Armida al campo d'Egitto RV699-A

    Furio Zanasi (Califfo), Marina Comparato (Emireno), Romina Basso (Adrasto), Martín Oro (Tisaferno), Sara Mingardo (Armida), Monica Bacelli (Osmira) & Raffaella Milanesi (Erminia)

    Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini (director)



    * Seven colour crayon set is recomended equipment for deciphering baroque operas. Especially if you have the concentration span of a two month old baby lemur.

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    Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera, conducted by Renee Jacobs

    Beautiful cover art!

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    I like this one much better than the Bychkov set I posted above.


    Now this one just does not cut it. It just sounds very strange, if not a bit corny, sung in English, but I'll endure it now and then for the sake of understanding. When I know the opera better, this won't be needed.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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