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    Speaking of I Puritani . . .



    Conductor/orchestra: Richard Bonynge, Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Massimo “Bellini,” Catania
    Cast: Mariella Devia (Elvira), William Matteuzzi (Arturo), Christopher Robertson (Riccardo), Paolo Washington (Giorgio), Franco Federici (Walton), Eleonora Jankovic (Enrichetta)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Never heard of Brownlee.



    oooh! oooh! I hope he does La Sonnambula! Who would sing Amina though?
    Joyce DiDonato? She's a mezzo but that's not a first of course.I'm trying to think of other current singers who do bel canto but for the life of me I'm not sure at this point. Jennifer Larmore perhaps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Joyce DiDonato? She's a mezzo but that's not a first of course.I'm trying to think of other current singers who do bel canto but for the life of me I'm not sure at this point. Jennifer Larmore perhaps
    I'll take Joyce. She would come off as a much better Amina than does Cecilia. However beautifully Cecilia sings, she just does not fit the role of Amina IMO.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Joyce DiDonato? She's a mezzo but that's not a first of course.I'm trying to think of other current singers who do bel canto but for the life of me I'm not sure at this point. Jennifer Larmore perhaps
    Jennifer Larmore's voice unfortunately is no longer what it was (and she is a mezzo, too, and is 60 years old, now). A great current bel canto light coloratura soprano is Jessica Pratt.

    https://operalively.com/forums/conte...-Jessica-Pratt
    "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 Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Jennifer Larmore's voice unfortunately is no longer what it was (and she is a mezzo, too, and is 60 years old, now). A great current bel canto light coloratura soprano is Jessica Pratt.

    https://operalively.com/forums/conte...-Jessica-Pratt
    Jessica Pratt is excellent in the DVD. Just might be the best Sonnambula on DVD.

    How about Mariella Devia? At 70 years her voice is still wonderful. She did La Sonnambula in the past but the recording wasn't the greatest sound quality. Here is her chance to do it again and get a great recording.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    The French coloratura soprano Sabine Devieilhe has been making quite a name for herself over the past few years.



    And she sang Amina in a performance of La Sonnambula at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées two years ago.

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    Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
    Conducted by Karajan, with Fiorenza Cossotto and Carlo Bergonzi

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    The French coloratura soprano Sabine Devieilhe has been making quite a name for herself over the past few years.



    And she sang Amina in a performance of La Sonnambula at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées two years ago.
    Yes, she is very good. I saw her live in Aix-en-Provence a couple of years ago, and whoa, the lady can sing!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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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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    Yesterday was a slow Sunday, so started the day with


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    I think I listened to this once right after I bought it and then lost interest in it. It actually is a lovely recording with Sills and her colleagues all in fine shape.

    Then, for about the first time in some months, decided I had to get out of the flat for a walk (6+ miles RT to Barnes and Noble) and gloried in this wonderful opera and recording:


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    After browsing in the book store, I decided on something short for the walk home:


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    And, this morning:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Then, for about the first time in some months, decided I had to get out of the flat for a walk (6+ miles RT to Barnes and Noble)
    Good to hear you've been out walking again.

    Since I moved I don't have a three mile walk into town (and back) for shopping and while it's a boon, I need to keep my fitness level up as I still want to be able to enjoy my opera trips.

    This morning I set off for a proper walk and listened to 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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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles
    Julie Fuchs (Leïla), Cyrille Dubois (Nadir), Florian Sempey (Zurga), Luc Bertin-Hugault (Nourabad); Les Cris de Paris & Orchestre National de Lille, Alexandre Bloch

    A very Gallic version - Cyrille Dubois is a distinctly French haut-contre rather than an Italianate tenor, so comes across well as a very young man in the first flush of love. I've always liked Florian Sempey since seeing him in the Bordeaux Dardanus. The revelation for me was Julie Fuchs who is now one of the select band of sopranos I actively enjoy listening to.

    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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