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    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    Happy birthday! Though, I must say you did yourself a disservice by not picking up the Damrau Zauberflote (I remember you saying you didn't have that one in the voting thread). It is perhaps my favorite opera dvd -- though if we include operetta, the balance might tip to the Dessay Orphee aux Enfers.

    In any event, nice haul. How large is your UWP now?
    Thanks. The actual birthday is Tuesday, but I had my party yesterday (much better on a Saturday, to be able to clean up and cure the hangover on Sunday before heading back to work).

    Sure, regarding this Zauberflöte, I thought of patching the gap of best versions, but then I decided against it, and thought I should use the entire amount to buy operas that I don't own on DVD yet. Oh, and I almost bought the Orphée aux Enfers with Dessay, but due to same principle, I didn't because I own another version (although much inferior to hers which I've seen but don't own).

    My UWP - I think it just hit 50 again - it was at 41 before the buying spree. I only keep track on a Word file of operas that are new to me - I'm not counting additional versions of operas that I already own on DVD, nor operas that I have already seen on streaming media and then decided to buy the DVD. Also, I'm not counting other genres such as ballet or symphonic concerts or even opera documentaries. If I count everything, I believe the size of the UWP is somewhere around 80.
    "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 World Violist View Post
    OMG is this a chance to revive the UWP??? YES!!!
    Mine never went away, but I'm just keeping quiet in case they get the goldfish.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Thomas' Hamlet - DVD
    Good one!

    Verdi's Stiffelio - DVD
    Domingo or Carreras? The Domingo one is good but has the three-hundred pound Sharon Sweet in and the thought of two guys fighting over her is unlikely to say the least.

    Rossini's La Gazzeta (Blu-ray)
    Gluck's Alceste - DVD
    Pse report back.

    Cherubini's Medea - DVD
    With AC Antonacci? Powerful stuff.

    Gallupi's L'Olimpiade - DVD
    OMG Why? Beautiful but soooooooo mind-numbingly boring. My least favourite DVD of the 220 I own.

    Rameau's Les Boreades - DVD
    I love this.

    Halevy's Clary - DVD
    Got that in the UWP

    Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini - DVD
    The same one as in Met player?

    Rossini's Stabat Mater (not an opera) - CD
    The Pappano one?
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Good one!
    Yep, with Dessay and Keenlyside.
    Domingo or Carreras? The Domingo one is good but has the three-hundred pound Sharon Sweet in and the thought of two guys fighting over her is unlikely to say the least.
    Carreras, Malfitano.
    Pse report back.
    Sure. But who knows when? The UWP is huge.
    With AC Antonacci? Powerful stuff
    Yep.
    OMG Why? Beautiful but soooooooo mind-numbingly boring. My least favourite DVD of the 220 I own.
    Really? Darn! There were very good reviews here - miscellaneous thread. Alan said: "So far, this is a winner. The music is excellent, the characters credible and well-acted, and most of the musical performances gripping."
    I love this.
    I know, that's one of the reasons why I got it.
    Got that in the UWP
    So we'll compare notes, later.
    The same one as in Met player?
    Oh no, it is in Met Player? I shouldn't have bought it, then, but watched first. Maybe I'll watch it there and if I don't like it, I'll return it unopened.
    The Pappano one?
    Yep.
    "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
    Really? Darn! There were very good reviews here - miscellaneous thread. Alan said: "So far, this is a winner. The music is excellent, the characters credible and well-acted, and most of the musical performances gripping."
    Alan and I had a discussion later - in one of those "wish we hadn't bought it" threads - about how neither of us had succeeded in watching it to the end. It's perfectly lovely for about 20 minutes and then you realise that it's like Groundhog Day, the same thing over and over again. I managed 1 hour the first time and two hours the second.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Alan and I had a discussion later - in one of those "wish we hadn't bought it" threads - about how neither of us had succeeded in watching it to the end. It's perfectly lovely for about 20 minutes and then you realise that it's like Groundhog Day, the same thing over and over again. I managed 1 hour the first time and two hours the second.
    Oh wow, I'll try to cancel and if it's too late, will return it unopened.
    PS - Just checked, too late: "This portion of your order is being prepared for shipment and cannot be canceled or changed."

    I looked at the Amazon.com reviews - all of them, unanimously 5 stars.
    Last edited by Almaviva; Mar-07-2011 at 07:38.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Well, who knows, you might love it. After all we couldn't disagree more about Trovatore with lovely Dima and sexy Cura.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    I managed 1 hour the first time and two hours the second.
    Two hours, eh. I'd have gnawed my arm off by then. Gets my vote for the being the most misleadingly promising dud I've seen so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgarian View Post
    Two hours, eh. I'd have gnawed my arm off by then. Gets my vote for the being the most misleadingly promising dud I've seen so far.
    I think I was mucking around on my laptop for the second hour, waiting for something to catch my attention. Nothing did.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    I think I was mucking around on my laptop for the second hour, waiting for something to catch my attention. Nothing did.
    Honesty compels me to admit that I might have been able to stick with it a bit longer, but I happened to have some drying paint that needed watching, and I just couldn't resist the temptation. Sometimes, I think I just live for kicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgarian View Post
    Honesty compels me to admit that I might have been able to stick with it a bit longer, but I happened to have some drying paint that needed watching, and I just couldn't resist the temptation. Sometimes, I think I just live for kicks.
    Natalie

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    I found an aria from that L'olimpiade on Spotify. I was not in any way blown away.

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    OK, OK, guys, thanks for making me feel terrible for my poorly spent money!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    lol. Mission accomplished.
    -Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    lol. Mission accomplished.
    Well, at least it was my friends' money!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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