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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Good to know,as this is on my Amazon wishlist
    Don't wish. Just buy it! I have not enjoyed an opera so much in a long time as this Betrothal in a Monastery and Anna Netrebko is fantastic and quite young in this. Her nanny is wonderful with a beautiful contralto/mezzo voice. I was actually laughing out loud (by myself) toward the end, especially during the drunken monks scene. This is a wonderful opera and much of it plays out like a Rossini Opera with three ladies manipulating the father and a would be arranged husband to thoroughly mix things up so that each lady get the man she wants in the end. There is a lot of great music, a short bit of corny brass and drum music, a couple of ballet scenes, and a glass instrument (harmonica?) where the father strikes the glasses/goblets with a stick but makes very nice sounds.
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    There are no long Wagner operas. Only short attention spans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Don't wish. Just buy it! I have not enjoyed an opera so much in a long time as this Betrothal in a Monastery and Anna Netrebko is fantastic and quite young in this. Her nanny is wonderful with a beautiful contralto/mezzo voice. I was actually laughing out loud (by myself) toward the end, especially during the drunken monks scene. This is a wonderful opera and much of it plays out like a Rossini Opera with three ladies manipulating the father and a would be arranged husband to thoroughly mix things up a each lady get the man she wants in the end. There is a lot of great music, a short bit of corny brass and drum music, a couple of ballet scenes, and a glass instrument (harmonica?) where the father strikes the glasses/goblets with a stick but makes very nice sounds.
    I would had I not just purchased Tosca But I'll make a plan to move it to the top of my wishlist! I found out the expensive War and Peace video I was drooling over is available at my library, that will free me up a bit. Birthday in two weeks so I'll definitely put Betrothal on there!

    When listening alone, Netrebko didn't move me, but I saw her in a Figaro production and I really enjoyed her. So I definitely look forward to seeing her in another production
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    When listening alone, Netrebko didn't move me, but I saw her in a Figaro production and I really enjoyed her. So I definitely look forward to seeing her in another production
    That was my first Netrebko opera. But I also have her in L'elisir d'Amore in my unwatched pile (UWP).
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    Milestone in Opera and DVD History.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Just finished this. I've listened to all of Verdi's operas at least once now. I've just the Pezza Sacri, string quartet, and songs to listen to and I'll have heard all this incredible talented man wrote.

    Music you can listen to over and over again, never gets boring.
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    Mozart: Il re Pastore.

    Lucia Popp/ Reri Grist/ Arlene Sanders/ Nicolai Monti/ Luigi Alva.

    Denis Vaughan conducting.
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    I listened to this on my flight home from vacation in Florida last week. It was my soundtrack as I read the satirical book "Expecting Someone Taller" by British writer Tom Holt. It's an amusing account of events that may have occurred after Gotterdammerung, and the unlikely next Ring bearer.

    I like this album because it's a "bite sized Ring". Being similar in length to some of my two-album sized operas it's more satisfying than a regular highlights album, I still feel the story in it. But a little Wagner goes a long way. It's by no means my favorite recording, the Rhinemaidens don't reach the heights of other recordings. But it serves a purpose
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
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    I like this album because it's a "bite sized Ring". Being similar in length to some of my two-album sized operas it's more satisfying than a regular highlights album, I still feel the story in it. But a little Wagner goes a long way. It's by no means my favorite recording, the Rhinemaidens don't reach the heights of other recordings. But it serves a purpose
    How many disks is it?

    You can get a wonderful 4-disk highlights set of the ring with Swarowsky conducting.
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    Leoncavallo: Zazà

    Ermonela Jaho (Zazà), Stephen Gaertner (Cascart), Riccardo Massi (Milio), Patricia Bardon (Anaide), David Stout (Bussy)

    BBC Symphony Orchestra, Maurizio Benini.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schigolch View Post
    That's a unusual one for you schigolch, on the other hand you are the most versatile listener I've seen in my life, if I am correct.
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    Puccini: Madama Butterfly

    Leontyne Price (Cio Cio San), Richard Tucker (Pinkerton), Philip Maero (Sharpless), Rosalind Elias (Suzuki), Anna di Stasio (Kate Pinkerton), Piero de Palma (Goro), Robert Kerns (Il principe Yamadori), Virgilio Carbonari (Lo zio Bonzo), Arturo La Porta (Il commissario imperiale), Leo Pudis (Yakusidè), Mario Rinaudo (L’ufficiale de Registro), Fernanda Cadoni (La madre di Cio Cio San), Gianna Lollini (La zia), Silvia Bertona (Le cugina)

    RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf.

    Price and Tucker on their best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Don't wish. Just buy it! I have not enjoyed an opera so much in a long time as this Betrothal in a Monastery and Anna Netrebko is fantastic and quite young in this. Her nanny is wonderful with a beautiful contralto/mezzo voice. I was actually laughing out loud (by myself) toward the end, especially during the drunken monks scene. This is a wonderful opera and much of it plays out like a Rossini Opera with three ladies manipulating the father and a would be arranged husband to thoroughly mix things up so that each lady get the man she wants in the end. There is a lot of great music, a short bit of corny brass and drum music, a couple of ballet scenes, and a glass instrument (harmonica?) where the father strikes the glasses/goblets with a stick but makes very nice sounds.
    Sounds wonderful - I'll track down a copy! Thanks for the recommendation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    That's a unusual one for you schigolch, on the other hand you are the most versatile listener I've seen in my life, if I am correct.
    Unusual, my friend?. Verdi is one of my favorite composers of all time, and I've listened to quite a few recordings of "Un ballo in maschera".


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