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    I sadly report the passing of one of the greats, Cesare Siepi, at age 87. His 50s interpretation of Don Giovanni, thankfully captured on film, remains my favorite performance of that work. Here's a few YouTube clips, two of the Don, a third from Verdi:

    Don Giovanni Act 2 Finale, Party scene until just prior to the Commendatore entrance.

    Don Giovanni Act 2 Finale, Commendatore.

    Simon Boccanegra, "Il lacerato spirito", a 1985 concert performance.

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    More news of Plácido Domingo's Rigoletto.

    The BBC will broadcast the production over two nights on the weekend of 4 and 5 September, with further live music, from the proms, following the opera's opening night.



    Sounds amazing.
    Annie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    More news of Plácido Domingo's Rigoletto.

    The BBC will broadcast the production over two nights on the weekend of 4 and 5 September, with further live music, from the proms, following the opera's opening night.

    Interesting that Jan Younghusband is quoted in the article as saying: "It's an enormous production and totally unique." when it's exactly the same concept as the Tosca you've just bought, Annie.

    I hope Plácido is not taking on too much because it's pretty demanding to do this kind of thing. But he seems to have boundless energy!
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Interesting that Jan Younghusband is quoted in the article as saying: "It's an enormous production and totally unique." when it's exactly the same concept as the Tosca you've just bought, Annie.

    I hope Plácido is not taking on too much because it's pretty demanding to do this kind of thing. But he seems to have boundless energy!
    Yes I thought that was odd. The Tosca 'in the settings and at the times of' has been mentioned in other news stories of this Rigoletto.
    Annie

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    Opera News:

    The San Francisco Opera has scheduled a Niblung's Ring cycle for Summer 2011.
    Haven't been able to discern who's singing the leads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Joyce DiDonato mentions going down to record this in her blog
    Natalie

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    The Solti Te Kanawa Accademia

    ...Six years ago, I was invited to visit a new summer opera school in Castiglione della Pescaia, an adorable little seaside town on a part of the Tuscan coast mercifully unfrequented by British tourists.”

    Not any more unfortunately.
    Annie

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    Counting down the days to the appearance of this:



    first available on Amazon Germany on 17 September:

    More info.

    Interviews here
    Natalie

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    I recently heard that Jean-Christophe Spinosi was one of three conductors who had applied for a position as a new conductor of the Orchestra of Brittany (? - I had to use google translate, in which the region Bretagne is translated with Great Britain....), but that there was some controversy and a petition had asked him to withdraw his application, which he did. It seems the founder of the Orchestra supported Spinosi, but I read an article where representatives from the orchestra got a word in and they were pretty harsh. I'm kind of worried that the controversy; this and the fact that he was also forced to leave the conducting engagement at La Scala not long ago, will do harm to his reputation. From what I've seen of him he seems to have such passion for what he does and such contagious energy and enthusiasm. I can't imagine why so many people would dislike him, professionally or personally.
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    Rigoletto with Juan Diego Flórez, Diana Damrau & Željko Lučić to be released 13th September in UK. Not sure about JDF as the duke - he's too nice YouTube.

    But really looking forward to Željko Lučić's Rigoletto. I love his Macbeth.

    Annie

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    I liked Nina Stemme a lot in her recent Tristan und Isolde which is available on DVD from Opus Arte, it's the Glyndebourne production, and she has incredible dramatic impact.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Some programme info on Rigoletto.

    I'm really looking forward to it - hope we don't have a power cut.
    Annie

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    New giant Levine box set.....

    http://www.metoperashop.org/product/detail/1080.aspx

    I'm considering buying this when it comes out. I don't yet have any DVD's of the Berg operas and I want that Rosenkavalier with Kiri and the Corigliano opera with Renée.
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    New giant Levine box set.....

    http://www.metoperashop.org/product/detail/1080.aspx

    I'm considering buying this when it comes out. I don't yet have any DVD's of the Berg operas and I want that Rosenkavier with Kiri and the Corigliano with Renée.
    Well, I'm tempted too, but you can't order online outside the States. Somehow the thought of ringing up puts me off.

    (Phew, credit card breathes sigh of relief)
    Natalie

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