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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post


    Still listening/watching versions of Trovatore this week after recent vote here.........

    This is really a great opera and Leonora has such beautiful memorable arias, Raina Kabaivanska is ravishing in this 1978 DVD, so impressive too bad she does not have a large catalog of work

    i loved the no nonsense production. and Karajan's powerful conducting. flowers at the end were touching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    i loved the no nonsense production. and Karajan's powerful conducting. flowers at the end were touching.
    There is one misguided production detail with filming for this DVD..........
    the first appearance of Leonora in the garden at night the center of picture in focus and then outer areas are blurred intentionally, only thing I can figure is trying to simulate viewer peeking through bushes to watch scence......dumb idea whatever the rationale (brava Raina!)

    Check it out:

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    There is one misguided production detail with filming for this DVD..........
    the first appearance of Leonora in the garden at night the center of picture in focus and then outer areas are blurred intentionally, only thing I can figure is trying to simulate viewer peeking through bushes to watch scence......dumb idea whatever the rationale (brava Raina!)


    Check it out:


    missed that, very dumb. creative director i guess.

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    This recording of Handel's Alcina is the latest addition to my CD collection. Sutherland and Wunderlich are fabulous -- makes one wish they would have made more recordings together. (This one is from a 1959 radio broadcast.) There are no weak links in the supporting cast, either, with Norma Procter as Bradamante and Nicola Monti as Oronte.

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    Watched this performance this evening. I had listened to the music before, but this was my first viewing. Loved it. The fact that I briefly fell asleep should not be seen as a detraction from that statement. My little germans (dachshunds) insisted on joining me on the couch for some Beethoven. They fell asleep first and I am usually unable to resist their sleep inducing powers.

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    I'm going to see Falstaff in May* & although I know it quite well I wanted to do some more homework so I got this on recommendation from Aksel. It's fab-u-lous.




    * a new production & according to the ROH site it's going to be filmed.
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    An opera I never heard of until today...

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    Vargen Kommer (Cry wolf) by Hans Gefors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dins View Post
    An opera I never heard of until today...

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    Vargen Kommer (Cry wolf) by Hans Gefors.
    Let us know what you think
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Let us know what you think
    It is an interesting opera. So far I like it, but I probably need to listen to it a few more times. The libretto is very well written and the music is interesting.

    It is loosely based on a real event in Paris when a man took twelve kindergarten children hostage.

    For those of you that have Spotify and can stand an opera in Swedish here is the Spotify link. (that is probably very few of you )
    Spotify: Vargen kommer

    A quick synopsis.

    The core question of the opera is a dilemma. We see the evil in our world, but where is the good? Violence easily escalates.

    A man choose to become evil, strong and bold to get rid of his human weakness. He does the worst thing imaginable, he takes children as hostage and threatens to set of an explosive charge. The society is forced to cooperate.

    In this story we have the hunters, the victim and the bait. Everyone gets involved in the hunt, and eagerly awaits the conclusion.

    But two people steps out of their given roles and connects with each other. The desperate dreams of one becomes a mirror of the others desire. Nothing is what it seems to be any more. Everything is possible.

    The games begin, and in the game there is the possibility of another life that usually is hidden for us.

    But can the woman who tamed a wolf convince the world, that is crying out for vengeance, to put down its arms?
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    Tchaikovsky's Mazeppa, from the Mariinsky Theatre, 1996



    I don't like Gergiev, but this performance has really something ... Can't keep myself from watching Hopak (Act 1) again and again and again !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dins View Post
    It is an interesting opera. So far I like it, but I probably need to listen to it a few more times. The libretto is very well written and the music is interesting.

    It is loosely based on a real event in Paris when a man took twelve kindergarten children hostage.

    For those of you that have Spotify and can stand an opera in Swedish here is the Spotify link. (that is probably very few of you )
    Spotify: Vargen kommer

    A quick synopsis.

    The core question of the opera is a dilemma. We see the evil in our world, but where is the good? Violence easily escalates.

    A man choose to become evil, strong and bold to get rid of his human weakness. He does the worst thing imaginable, he takes children as hostage and threatens to set of an explosive charge. The society is forced to cooperate.

    In this story we have the hunters, the victim and the bait. Everyone gets involved in the hunt, and eagerly awaits the conclusion.

    But two people steps out of their given roles and connects with each other. The desperate dreams of one becomes a mirror of the others desire. Nothing is what it seems to be any more. Everything is possible.

    The games begin, and in the game there is the possibility of another life that usually is hidden for us.

    But can the woman who tamed a wolf convince the world, that is crying out for vengeance, to put down its arms?
    Sounds interesting! On my wish list.
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    Watched this last night. To be honest, I had not really figured out Anna's popularity until this performance. I do now. Oh, my...

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    Watched this one today...great fun!

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    (NB: Aksel )

    I've got several recordings of Falstaff but this one & the Solti are my favourites.

    Four weeks tomorrow I'm seeing the final dress of Falstaff then a week later I'm seeing a performance. Not that I'm excited of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post

    Four weeks tomorrow I'm seeing the final dress of Falstaff then a week later I'm seeing a performance. Not that I'm excited of course.
    That's wonderful ! How lucky you are ... Say hello to Mistress Quickly from me !
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