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    Default Most terrible crap in the history of opera on DVD/blu-ray

    Pardon my language on the title. It came directly from a quote of our esteemed and colorful member Aramis, when he said that he wouldn't nominate any DVDs for our list of recommended ones, but would rather nominate DVDs with the above concept in mind, of which he knows many.

    I actually found the idea to be very funny... We can have lots of fun discussing the worst, as much as we have had discussing the best.

    So, fire up. What do you nominate as DVDs that represent the most terrible crap in the history of opera?
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    First and foremost, my first great disappointment in adventture with opera:



    Kollo acts and has mimics like he would eat way too much of cabbage. He has toy sword, probably one most silly of opera requisites in history and makes those cabbage facial expressions. Meier looks like wousewife, I don't know what they did to her as she often looks easy for the eyes but the effect is terrible and her Isolde from this DVD is what made me think for the first time about the problem of disproportionality between good looking female singers and female characters that are meant to be beautiful. And what makes it even worse is my general esteem for both Kollo and Meier first of which is one of my fave tenors.

    Then:



    Loathsome murder of fairy tale and ruining it with dumb interpretation. I don't care if Fleming sings more or less good. This DVD came to this world straight from the baboon's ***.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    So, fire up. What do you nominate as DVDs that represent the most terrible crap in the history of opera?
    If you nominate my beloved Dima's Trovatore I'll come over there & smack you over the head with a dead fish.

    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCwLirQS2-o&playnext=1&list=PL701FE320FDF71CA3&index=2[/YT]


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    [Alma wears a helmet to prevent being smacked over the head with a dead fish]

    I nominate Dima's Trovatore!!!



    It's the only opera DVD I have ever thrown in the garbage can in my life (no kidding, I did)!



    [Alma runs away from Annie]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    [Alma wears a helmet to prevent being smack over the head with a dead fish]

    I nominate Dima's Trovatore!!!



    It's the only opera DVD I have ever thrown in the garbage can in my life (no kidding, I did)!



    [Alma runs away from Annie]
    I'm on my way, ready and armed.

    Natalie

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    I nominate this:



    and this:



    What is terribly sad is that they are the only available DVDs, and the Rinaldo especially is very well sung.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    I nominate this:



    and this:



    What is terribly sad is that they are the only available DVDs, and the Rinaldo especially is very well sung.
    I like both. They have beautiful women and cool ****!
    "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 mamascarlatti View Post
    I'm on my way, ready and armed.

    Bring them on!

    "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
    Bring them on!

    Oh Alma it is nice to finally see a photo of you. You have cool.... pecs.
    Natalie

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    La Rondine





    Another Tristan (awful)



    and many more...

    To be followed.

    This is a good and smart site, it prevents you to buy crap.

    Martin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Loathsome murder of fairy tale and ruining it with dumb interpretation. I don't care if Fleming sings more or less good. This DVD came to this world straight from the baboon's ***.
    Agreed. May as well listen to it on CD, the setting just spoils it.

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    Actually I don't mind the Rusalka that much (although I would love an excellent fairy-tale version to be available on DVD), and I like the Trovatore and the Tristan with Meier.
    Natalie

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    The above fish-exchange made me laugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Oh Alma it is nice to finally see a photo of you. You have cool.... pecs.
    The guy with the cool pecs is not me. I'm the one being eaten.
    "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 another one that sucks. Unlike the cover picture indicates, there isn't a single green sprig. It's supposed to be a celebration of nature and the woods and the forest... and the title character is supposed to turn into a tree... except that there isn't a single green leaf around, and the staging is so static that one would think it's a concert version.

    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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