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    Richard Wagner
    Parsifal


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    Wolfgang Windagssen
    Irene Dalis
    George London
    Hans Hotter
    Kurt Böhme

    Hans Knapperstbusch
    Bayreuth, 1963

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    I checked this one out of the library along with a couple of others.
    In Mahler I usually prefer the Solti approach -caveman having a seisure whips orchestra into a frenzy!! - Radames, TC member

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    Saint Francois d'Assise by Olivier Messiaen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntone View Post
    Wagner: Götterdämmerung
    PERFORMANCE DATE: FEB 11, 2012

    BRÜNNHILDE: Deborah Voigt
    SIEGFRIED: Jay Hunter Morris
    GUNTHER: Iain Paterson
    HAGEN: Hans-Peter König
    WALTRAUTE: Waltraud Meier
    GUTRUNE: Wendy Bryn Harmer
    CONDUCTOR: Fabio Luisi
    BRÜNNHILDE: Deborah Voigt--AWESOME BRUNHILDE IMO!
    SIEGFRIED: Jay Hunter Morris--AWESOME SIEGFRIED IMO!
    GUNTHER: Iain Paterson--AWESOME AND CREEPY GUNTHER IMO!
    HAGEN: Hans-Peter König--AWESOME HAGEN IMO!
    WALTRAUTE: Waltraud Meier--ALWAYS AWESEOME!
    GUTRUNE: Wendy Bryn Harmer--AWESOME!
    CONDUCTOR: Fabio Luisi--I am no judge of conductors, but this one sounds great!

    If I could only have one Ring on DVD it would be The Machine! Even though my favorite Brunnhilde has been Beherens, Voigt really knocks it out of the park IMO and it works because she lost weight and looks way better than when she was considerably heavier. She must have lost the weight over a longer time than Maria Callas did because it did not trash Voigt;'s voice like it did for Callas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    BRÜNNHILDE: Deborah Voigt--AWESOME BRUNHILDE IMO!
    SIEGFRIED: Jay Hunter Morris--AWESOME SIEGFRIED IMO!
    GUNTHER: Iain Paterson--AWESOME AND CREEPY GUNTHER IMO!
    HAGEN: Hans-Peter König--AWESOME HAGEN IMO!
    WALTRAUTE: Waltraud Meier--ALWAYS AWESEOME!
    GUTRUNE: Wendy Bryn Harmer--AWESOME!
    CONDUCTOR: Fabio Luisi--I am no judge of conductors, but this one sounds great!

    If I could only have one Ring on DVD it would be The Machine! Even though my favorite Brunnhilde has been Beherens, Voigt really knocks it out of the park IMO and it works because she lost weight and looks way better than when she was considerably heavier. She must have lost the weight over a longer time than Maria Callas did because it did not trash Voigt;'s voice like it did for Callas.
    I agree - this 2010-2012 Ring at the Met is really well done (although I also like much of the 1990 production, its now appears very dated). The staging with The Machine, especially, captures the mythic grandeur of the narrative, and as you say the singers are well cast and vocally strong. Luisi does a good job, the orchestra sounds great and I am glad to have entered the post-Levine era.

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    Picked this up for a great price like new,
    so I will delve into some Donizetti today.
    I enjoy Sills passion.
    Lucia is one of my favorite operas.
    I think these recordings are classics.
    And no Pavarotti!!!
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    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    "Man does not live by bread alone......"

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    Siegfried
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    In Mahler I usually prefer the Solti approach -caveman having a seisure whips orchestra into a frenzy!! - Radames, TC member

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    Act 3
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    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

    "Life's a long song, but the tune ends too soon for us all." Ian Anderson lyric

    "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

    "Man does not live by bread alone......"

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    Kate Molleson and Martin Handley introduce Mozart's Mitridate, Re di Ponto, recorded in 2017 at the Royal Opera House in London.

    Mozart was 14 when he wrote this early opera seria masterpiece telling the tragic story of the King of Ponto, a warrior whose sons Farnace and Sifare are in love with his fiancée Aspasia, which leaves them torn between loyalty to him or betrayal with the enemy.
    In this highly acclaimed production, Christophe Rousset conducts the ROH Orchestra and chorus, as well as a stellar cast lead by Michael Spyres in the title role, Albina Shagimuratova as Aspasia, Bejun Mehta as Farnace and Salome Jicia as Sifare.

    During the interval: a tribute to the late Sir Graham Vick, director of this production. Kate Molleson talks to Alpesh Chauhan and Anna Picard about the man and his legacy.

    Mitridate ..... Michael Spyres (tenor)
    Aspasia ..... Albina Shagimuratova (soprano)
    Sifare ..... Salome Jicia (soprano)
    Farnace ..... Bejun Mehta (counter-tenor)
    Ismene ..... Lucy Crowe (soprano)
    Marzio ..... Rupert Charlesworth (tenor)
    Abate ..... Jennifer Davis (soprano)
    Royal Opera House Orchestra
    Christophe Rousset (conductor).
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0010pj4
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    Richard Strauss: Die Ägyptische Helena

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    Rysanek is ravishing in the title role.

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    I had to take a break half way through the high drama of Siegfried with a tuneful Verdi opera.
    In Mahler I usually prefer the Solti approach -caveman having a seisure whips orchestra into a frenzy!! - Radames, TC member

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    Default Saturday afternoon at the opera

    Giuseppe Verdi
    Nabucco


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    Nabucco - Cornell MacNeil
    Ismaele - Eugenio Fernandi
    Zaccaria - Cesare Siepi
    Abigaille - Leonie Rysanek
    Fenena - Rosalind Elias
    Gran Sacerdote - Bonaldo Giaiotti
    Abdallo - Paul Franke
    Anna - Carlotta Ordassy

    Thomas Schippers
    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus


    3 December 1960

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    Act 3
    I love this recording.
    Critics say it's too slow. idk, maybe it is.
    But i think Levine nails this thing.
    So beautiful and profound sounding to me.
    And Domingo sounds great and Norman too.
    And it's in DG's finest sound.
    When it finished I just sat there in silence.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

    "Life's a long song, but the tune ends too soon for us all." Ian Anderson lyric

    "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

    "Man does not live by bread alone......"

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    Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia

    Edita Gruberova (Lucrezia), Pavol Breslik (Gennaro), Franco Vassallo (Don Alfonso), Alice Coote (Maffio Orsini), Bruno Ribeiro (Jeppo Liverotto), Christian Rieger (Don Aposto Gazella)

    Chor und Extrachor der Bayerischen Staatsoper & Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Bertrand de Billy

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    May Edita R.I.P.

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    Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg WWV 70 - Haitink.
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