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    What opera have you been listening to, lately?

    This is a classical thread in every musical Forum out there.

    Right now I'n reviewing Il Trovatore recordings for the in-Depth thread. This is the one I'm listening to, at this precise moment:

    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); December 8th, 2011 at 04:40 AM.

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    I have a 40-minute each way bus commute and spend that time with my noise-canceling headphones & iPod. My "heavy rotation" has a lot of "expected" works either burned from CDs or MP3 downloads (which could become an easy addiction but I limit myself to one a month for some reason). Last week I listened to my Carmen with Domingo/Berganza/Milnes/Cotrubas as well as one of my 2 Gluck Orfee et Eurydice, the JDF one, but I also enjoy the other one I have with Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, Catherine Dubosc, Suzie Le Blanc. What I'd have hoped for but will never have is a recording of the one we had a few months ago in Seattle with William Burden, Davinia Rodriguez and Julianne Gearheart, which I hope to give you a review of sorts in the appropriate thread soon.

    Now due to a comment about Tancredi (and Ewa Podles) from a different thread, that's the one I will start tomorrow morning for this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    So you are Venetian, you lucky person. Love the way Italy has those dialects on top of the beautiful language, although it can make it harder for me understand some of the comic operas as I only know a tiny bit of Milanese.
    Yes (the region, not the city).
    It is said that in the past the vernaculars were so different that sometime even between nearby city had hard time understanding each other dialects.

    Too bad that nationalization and globalization washed away this culture diversity and richness.

    Also for Opera buffa neapolitan is a must :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post


    Completely untraditional staging - this time in a marriage bureau (Marthaler likes shops, he did the dry cleaner traviata) And the conductor decided that the weird production needed a weird - if extremely multi-talented - "accompanist" onstage, complete with glass harmonica, carefully tuned beer bottles, falsetto singing and random sound effects.

    Peter Mattei sang beautifully.
    I thought about buying it. But the staging was too silly looking. It was on deep discount at that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    I thought about buying it. But the staging was too silly looking. It was on deep discount at that time.
    Unless you have a thing about any of the singers I think that is a wise decision.
    Natalie

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    I'd asked Aramis for an 'accessible' Polish opera & this is what he suggested & I can thoroughly recommend it.

    Miecznik, The sword-bearer: Adam Kruszewski - baritone
    Hanna, Miecznik's daughter and sister of Jadwiga: Iwona Hossa - soprano
    Jadwiga, Miecznik's daughter and sister of Hanna: Anna Lubańska - mezzo soprano
    Damazy, a barrister: Krzysztof Szmyt - tenor
    Stefan, a hussar and brother of Zbigniew: Dariusz Stachura - tenor
    Zbigniew, a hussar and brother of Stefan: Piotr Nowacki - bass
    Cześnikowa, aunt of Stefan and Zbigniew: Stefania Toczyska - mezzo soprano
    Maciej, servant of Cześnikowa and her family: Zbigniew Macias - baritone
    Skołuba, Miecznik's head servant and gatekeeper: Romauld Tesarowicz - bass
    Marta, a housekeeper: Agnieszka Zwierko - mezzo soprano
    Grześ, a farm hand: Jacek Parol - baritone
    Stara niewiasta, old woman: Stefania Toczyska - mezzo soprano

    Conductor Jacek Kaspszyk
    Recorded in 2001

    It's very rare that an aria grabs me on first listen but one did & not just because it's a bass aria.


    "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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    Exploring some singers who are less familiar to me... and some music that is less-well-known as well.
    "Suppose you were an idiot ... And suppose you were a member of
    Congress .. But I repeat myself." -Mark Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by StLukesGuildOhio View Post


    Exploring some singers who are less familiar to me... and some music that is less-well-known as well.
    Mariusz Kwiecien: star performance as Rodrigro at ROH in May. Really looking forward to his Riccardo next May at the Met.

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    I just saw Mariusz Kwiecien as Onegin this past weekend in Eugene Onegin at the Met in New York. I had heard his name, but didn't know his work. Very impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I just saw Mariusz Kwiecien as Onegin this past weekend in Eugene Onegin at the Met in New York. I had heard his name, but didn't know his work. Very impressed.
    Yes, I've seen him live a couple of times and indeed he is very good.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I couldn't resist the cover.

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    Finally watching this. Not very impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Finally watching this. Not very impressed.
    What with trying to keep my eyes above waist level and wishing that Zachary Stains would stop singing, I tend to agree. But I liked Mary-Ellen Nesi.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    ... and wishing that Zachary Stains would stop singing ...



    Now that's great quote. Polite but scathing!
    "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 Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    ...wishing that Zachary Stains would stop singing
    Exactly. I was in anguish with the acting direction — the body language, the incessant walking in circles in such a small stage looking like they were all in terrible need to use the bathroom but couldn't because they were on the scene. Ugh. Girls weren't that bad, though, and with the boys at least I could just sit and enjoy the exposed-thighs show and forget the rest. And I do like the music.

    Worst part of this is the surprisingly bad recording technical aspects. Camera work is almost amateur: bad framing, uneven white-balance AND aperture (seriously, this is really absurd) between cameras... and microphones seemed to be pointed to the floor, as the wood cracking was terribly present throughout the whole opera. When the fog machine started working in the end of second act I took my headphones off because I though there was something wrong at home, so loud it was.

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