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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    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.
    Ahem. Using this criteria, up until a few years ago I would have qualified as low life!


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    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.
    "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
    Ahem. Using this criteria, up until a few years ago I would have qualified as low life!

    I have to confess I fit that category at one time too. I used to be the guy who had a six-pack in-hand wherever I went. Now I haven't really had significant amounts of alcohol in 30 years and have had none in the past 10 years, with no desire for it.
    "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 Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    Ahem. Using this criteria, up until a few years ago I would have qualified as low life! ...
    Ah. Me thinks Ann was born with star quality


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    Clearing out the attic (Part 3):

    I found this CD in the attic, I think this was the first remaster and release on CD printed in West Germany! Again I can not remember when I bought this or if it was given to me as a present but decided to listen to it.
    Listening to it through the speakers (not through the valves and Sennheiser headphones), I can honestly say I can not tell the difference between this edition, the second re-remaster and the most recent re-re-remaster...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Ah. Me thinks Ann was born with star quality

    "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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    This for my train journey to London this morning.

    "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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    Verdi: Aida
    Anja Harteros (Aida), Jonas Kaufmann (Radamès), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Amneris), Ludovic Tezier (Amonasro), Erwin Schrott (Ramfis), Marco Spotti (Il Re d'Egitto), Paolo Fanale (Un Messaggero), Eleonora Buratto (Sacerdotessa)
    Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia
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    Pappano and Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's delivery is typically excellent and the singing by this superb cast is all equally top notch.
    The sound levels are though, bordering ridiculous. They are as they would be in the theatre and so unless you're living in a twenty-thousand square foot marble lined Mayfair apartment, you're constantly adjusting the volume. Listen to it on headphones and your head may implode.

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    I have this recording, and on first listening to it, immediately noticed the widely-varying dynamics. Yup, constantly needing to fiddle with the volume control. Still, the performance is worth it.

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    Listening to this in anticipation of seeing a live production tonight at the Michigan Opera Theatre.
    "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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    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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