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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    It arrived today (the post above was listening from You Tube). Clever packaging. On one side of the slipcase and jewel case you get the image above. On the other side you get the image below. Which would you prefer for the front image?
    I like this picture of him!
    "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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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    After last night's wonderful experience, I had to spin this. Love Sonia Prina in this one.
    "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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    Lovely recording!
    "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 Florestan View Post
    Lovely recording!
    This is the recording of Alcina I have. It may be historically "uninformed," but I love Wunderlich's manly Ruggiero. Makes one understand why the lady doesn't want to let him go.

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    The summer opera season here will be getting underway in a couple of months, and Gounod's Roméo et Juliette is among this year's offerings. The quality of this recording is not that good (one takes one's chances with a budget label), but José Carreras and Patricia Wise are wonderful as the star-crossed lovers.

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    I found this one while clearing out the attic (preparing for the big move). Why I had consigned this to the attic, I do not know but was probably a gift a long time ago when we still had foam packing in the cd cases.
    Levine here is painfully slow in places but beautifully poetic in others. The voices of Domingo, Norman, Morris and Moll are all wonderful here. I have found a small treasure in the attic!

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    Wagner: Parsifal
    Plácido Domingo (Parsifal), Jessye Norman (Kundry), James Morris (Amfortas), Kurt Moll (Gurnemanz), Ekkehard Wlaschina (Klingsor), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Titurel)
    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, James Levine
    1994

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post


    The summer opera season here will be getting underway in a couple of months, and Gounod's Roméo et Juliette is among this year's offerings. The quality of this recording is not that good (one takes one's chances with a budget label), but José Carreras and Patricia Wise are wonderful as the star-crossed lovers.
    I bought that when I was in my 'anything and everything by Carreras' phase. And yes it's a poor recording but Carreras shines.
    "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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    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I found this one while clearing out the attic (preparing for the big move). Why I had consigned this to the attic, I do not know but was probably a gift a long time ago when we still had foam packing in the cd cases.
    Levine here is painfully slow in places but beautifully poetic in others. The voices of Domingo, Norman, Morris and Moll are all wonderful here. I have found a small treasure in the attic!

    Wagner: Parsifal
    Plácido Domingo (Parsifal), Jessye Norman (Kundry), James Morris (Amfortas), Kurt Moll (Gurnemanz), Ekkehard Wlaschina (Klingsor), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Titurel)
    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, James Levine
    1994
    Clearing out the attic (Part 2):

    I figured out why I had this CD. Lost in the cobwebs of memory vacant space, I discovered that I had actually gone to see PlaDo sing Parsifal in 1998. I must have liked it; I went twice! How I bought tickets for two nights, I do not know. I think I must have bought the CD at that time. I found the programmes for the two nights in the attic.

    I also found many other programmes I had forgotten I saw. There's a slow motion "oh yes, noooooow I remember" as I flick through the programmes...

    Including
    Simon Boccanegra (Agache)
    Elisabetta (JDF)

    and now I've forgotten again

    Oh well. The memory stick is slowly getting worse...

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    Before anyone notices that this is a DVD and the thread is for what we are listening to, that is exactly what I am doing, listening--not watching. I ripped the sound track and play it on my MP3 player. I have the CD set but it was done in the studio a few weeks later, but this live version has way more life in it. It is and remains my all time favorite Fidelio! Also this was my first video opera with subtitles. I had attended some operas in 1980s but that was without subtitles and was mainly as a means to get dates with classier women
    "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 Florestan View Post
    Before anyone notices that this is a DVD and the thread is for what we are listening to, that is exactly what I am doing, listening--not watching. I ripped the sound track and play it on my MP3 player. I have the CD set but it was done in the studio a few weeks later, but this live version has way more life in it. It is and remains my all time favorite Fidelio! Also this was my first video opera with subtitles. I had attended some operas in 1980s but that was without subtitles and was mainly as a means to get dates with classier women

    Did it work?
    "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 Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    Did it work?
    It did get dates but none panned out for the long haul. My wife can't stand opera and I long abandoned the opera-for-dates strategy by the time I met her. But at least the opera invites weeded out the women who were low life. I once had a blind date who wanted to meet at a nightclub. We met in the parking lot. She was drinking from a beer quart-sized bottle in a brown paper bag. I immediately knew this was not going far.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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