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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    I am a tennis fan myself! I prefer playing it over watching it, but I do watch it a bit with my husband. Can't wait for hockey to start as well.....I love hockey as much as I love music. It will be quite a striking contrast dividing my free nights; hockey some nights, and opera on the other nights!
    Nice. I'm a Carolina Hurricanes fan. I did attend our one and only Stanley Cup win, the playoffs cost me a fortune. So the fact that the Canes haven't been doing so well lately actually frees up more money for opera.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    That's awesome. I attended game one of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2009, Wings vs. Penguins for my fifth wedding anniversary celebration. Although the ultimate outcome of the series was not in our favor, we did get to see a win for that game. It was such a fun, exciting (expensive!) experience.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVkWqPu2ZE8

    How did I miss this technicolor burst of comedy, anyone have this ROH Falstaff.......

    May seem too garish for Verdi, but I think this was supposed to be a buffa comedy which is completely new genre for Verdi and as such the playful production works for me. Most of the older DVD versions seem drab and somber by comparison

    May have gone too far making Falstaff look like a buffon, what do you think......

    Last edited by DarkAngel; Sep-16-2010 at 22:15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVkWqPu2ZE8

    How did I miss this technicolor burst of comedy, anyone have this ROH Falstaff.......

    May seem too garish for Verdi, but I think this was supposed to be a buffa comedy which is completely new genre for Verdi and as such the playful production works for me. Most of the older DVD versions seem drab and somber by comparison

    May have gone too far making Falstaff look like a buffon, what do you think......

    Falstaff is *supposed* to look like a buffoon.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    This is easily now my favorite Mozart Flute.......nothing really is even close

    This is a visually stunning production, every scence will have you impressed with its dramatic visual impact and with how clever they execute scences, extremely impressive. I also have never seen another version so clearly tell the complicated storyline, things make much more sense here, never before have visuals and music been so creatively combined

    For instance the trail of fire and water scence is a joke in other productions, here it is a visually striking sequence, so impressive without being literal depiction. The final sunrise is a visual tour de force......

    Papageno is a riot, you will be laughing almost every scence, this is just pure enjoyment......I can't go back to any other version now

    On a scale of 1-10 I must rate this 11
    If you are a purist you will be troubled that it is sung in english and doesn't have the top names in opera cast, it matters not to me this is great entertainment, it is essential Mozart opera

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y24VZ9p2xWg

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    If you are a purist you will be troubled that it is sung in english and doesn't have the top names in opera cast, it matters not to me this is great entertainment, it is essential Mozart opera
    Sorry. Purist here, I guess, because I couldn't help, I tried to enjoy it; tried hard, but was completely turned off that is was sung in English. And I don't even speak German. Still, it seemed to me completely off. I wonder why in the hell they do this. The opera did not set a libretto in English. These things matter. The sounds change. It was not meant to be in English.
    "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 Almaviva View Post
    Sorry. Purist here, I guess, because I couldn't help, I tried to enjoy it; tried hard, but was completely turned off that is was sung in English. And I don't even speak German. Still, it seemed to me completely off. I wonder why in the hell they do this. The opera did not set a libretto in English. These things matter. The sounds change. It was not meant to be in English.
    I agree. These things do matter. For me the only time another language is acceptable is when the composer himself set it in another language. eg Don Carlos & La Fille/La Figlia

    I felt the same when I saw Don Pasquale sung in English in a regional theatre. (When I booked, the blurb said 'in Italian'). The quality of the singing was excellent but I didn't really enjoy it. In some places they changed the story to make the words fit the music. And 'Aspetta, aspetta' or whatever it was that they sung was a flop.

    In my favourite Pasquale DVD Raimondi & Widmer's 'Aspetta, aspetta' is a triumph & they encore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Sorry. Purist here, I guess, because I couldn't help, I tried to enjoy it; tried hard, but was completely turned off that is was sung in English. And I don't even speak German. Still, it seemed to me completely off. I wonder why in the hell they do this. The opera did not set a libretto in English. These things matter. The sounds change. It was not meant to be in English.
    I agree with DarkAngel here. This is the best Zauberflote (or Magic Flute ) I've ever seen, and by a considerable margin at that. Visually this production is stunning to a degree that it makes all others that I've seen look almost clumsy in comparison. Yes, in the beginning the English is a bit annoying, but it takes only a few minutes and you're used to it (I was anyway). Purist or not, this is much closer to Mozart's intentions than many an updated production of a Mozart opera featuring superman and wonder woman or tenors dressed like members of Guns'n'Roses. Wolfie would have loved it, I'm sure.
    Last edited by jhar26; Sep-18-2010 at 13:13.
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post


    This is easily now my favorite Mozart Flute.......nothing really is even close
    Has this been deleted? I can't find it for sale anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgarian View Post
    Has this been deleted? I can't find it for sale anywhere.
    Only at the Met shop or available for streaming on Met Player.

    Like Gaston I love this production and don't mind it being in English. It's truly magical and although it hasn't any Big Names, Papageno is the very fine Nathan Gunn.



    In fact I feel inspired to start watching it right now....
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Got this yesterday & watched a bit last night. So far so good. Details

    I watched the whole of this while I was ironing & while the plumber was fixing a leaky pipe problem & not ideal conditions to watch such an emotional story. Plumber wondered why I was crying.

    Can you enjoy something which has you in tears for most of it? All I can say is I love this production. José Cura is gorgeous, especially crawling under the table & in a half dressed state in the morning; Eteri Gvazava breaks your heart as she agrees to Père Germont's request & when she forgives Alfredo for the insult.

    I've been disappointed sometimes with 'Parigi, o cara' but not this time.

    Rolando Panerai is just brilliant as the patrician then as the repentant father & amazing considering he was 76 when this was filmed. They're all wonderful & totally believable.

    The matador & his dancing & costume are to die for.

    What makes this extra special though is the spectacular settings. The salon is so beautiful & I'd love to know where they filmed the country house scenes. Overall, maybe there's too much use of mirrors as a dramatic device but even the brief reflection of a cameraman didn't spoil it for me.

    I will watch this one again and again, without ironing or plumber accompaniment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Only at the Met shop ....
    Thanks Natalie. I'm so on the fringe that I didn't even know such a resource existed. Are all their DVDs region 0? (ie Region-free?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgarian View Post
    Thanks Natalie. I'm so on the fringe that I didn't even know such a resource existed. Are all their DVDs region 0? (ie Region-free?)
    Yes it is region 0 (all region) NTSC........not sure if all Met DVDs are region 0, but this flute is.

    I would buy this in blu ray format in a nano second, so far none to be found

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post


    This is easily now my favorite Mozart Flute.......nothing really is even close
    I still had to use english subtitles especially during Panmina's and queen's singing

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    I still had to use english subtitles especially during Panmina's and queen's singing
    Yes - same with English National Opera's Ring. For the most part I can't tell they're singing in a language I understand!

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