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    Oh you are going for some strange operas there.

    At the moment i am listening to the Billy Budd with Daniel Harding conducting. Nathan Gunn is Billy and Ian Bostridge is Vere. Has mixed opinions in reviews. Not sure i like Ian Bostridge's Vere -seems too sweet and sickly sung for my liking. Not gripped by it like i was Anthony Rolfe Johnson as Vere.

    The other one is La Sonnambula with Natalie Dessay and Francesco Meli. Only part way into this. But i did enjoy the Met DVD of this opera with Dessay and Florez.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Hi trosado.

    I share your enthusiasm for the first and the third.

    Have you seen Written on Skin? It's not available on DVD but you can catch it on arte TV and it is also a "Blow you away" contemporary opera. But hurry, only twelve more days at time of writing!
    Oh, thank you so much! I just watched it. I was not aware of this opera or this composer. And it's synchronistic as I was just watching Barbara Hannigan, who plays Agnès, on a YouTube video. Yes, this was excellent.

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trosado View Post
    Oh, thank you so much! I just watched it. I was not aware of this opera or this composer. And it's synchronistic as I was just watching Barbara Hannigan, who plays Agnès, on a YouTube video. Yes, this was excellent.

    Thanks again!
    All the cast was wonderful but she was outstanding. A new discovery for me. I wish I was in Brussels right now so that I could see her Lulu at La Monnaie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    All the cast was wonderful but she was outstanding. A new discovery for me. I wish I was in Brussels right now so that I could see her Lulu at La Monnaie!
    Luckily, it will be online as soon as the run ends. I think it's sometime early November.

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    Just watched the new Berg Wozzeck DVD from the Bolshoi. It is excellent. Dmitri Tcherniakov is the stage director and you get a very 'human' and normal Wozzeck. It is frightening, gripping and terribly effective. The violence in Wozzecks music really came through and it made me want to watch/listen to my other recordings on CD and DVD.

    Very impressed. Maybe not everyone will like the concept. The Wozzeck Georg Nigl is light voiced but acts brilliantly. I also like the Marie- Mardi Byers. I have never heard of her before but she was terrific. Both the Doctor and the Captain were great- especially the captain.

    Teodor Currentzis is a young and very talented conductor and he gets beautiful playing from the orchestra.

    Highly recommended for all Berg fans out there.

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    Meistersinger, Solti l

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    Ottorino Respighi's La fiamma

    In a world to be handled by gangsters and maniacs, art means nothing but just a junk food which there's no hope for human salvation through it... (Shāmlou)

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    I'll be listening this soon:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dongiovanni View Post
    I'll be listening this soon:

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    That one's fun! And ever so slightly depressing. Have you seen Guth's Don Giovanni? This production makes a bit more sense if you have, especially the second act.
    Although it would seem most of the singers were having an off night (except Bo Skovhus whose nights are always off). But Patricia Petibon's Despina is really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    That one's fun! And ever so slightly depressing. Have you seen Guth's Don Giovanni? This production makes a bit more sense if you have, especially the second act.
    Although it would seem most of the singers were having an off night (except Bo Skovhus whose nights are always off). But Patricia Petibon's Despina is really cool.
    I have seen Guth's Don Giovanni on youtube in fragments. It's another DG that I have to check out. I have the DVD of the Figaro (2006) production also by Guth. That one is also depressing in some parts. But the singers and Harnoncourt save the day. I like the production, but there are some scenes I can't stand and are way over the top. I expect the same in Cosi, also I wonder if Skovhus is having a bad day in Cosi like in Figaro...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Il_Penseroso View Post
    Ottorino Respighi's La fiamma

    I have that recording & I LOVE it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dongiovanni View Post
    I have seen Guth's Don Giovanni on youtube in fragments. It's another DG that I have to check out. I have the DVD of the Figaro (2006) production also by Guth. That one is also depressing in some parts. But the singers and Harnoncourt save the day. I like the production, but there are some scenes I can't stand and are way over the top. I expect the same in Cosi, also I wonder if Skovhus is having a bad day in Cosi like in Figaro...
    I find the Cosí generally less difficult to get used to than the Figaro. I think it's because it's easier to do as a dramatic piece rather than a comedy.

    But the reason it can be a good idea to have seen at least bits of the Guth DG is because the second act of his Cosí is endlessly referencing it. The forest that made up the Don Giovanni is taking over the stage more and more in the Cosí. Really quite remarkable.

    The singers here are really quite remarkable, especially the ladies (surely, Miah Persson is the best Fiordiligi of her age?), but in general I find the recent Glyndebourne Cosí to be better sung. But the Guth production is a whole lot more interesting than the Glyndebourne one.

    And Skovhus is all right, I guess. Provided that you can stand the man. I can't.

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    Currently working on this one:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    I find the Cosí generally less difficult to get used to than the Figaro. I think it's because it's easier to do as a dramatic piece rather than a comedy.

    But the reason it can be a good idea to have seen at least bits of the Guth DG is because the second act of his Cosí is endlessly referencing it. The forest that made up the Don Giovanni is taking over the stage more and more in the Cosí. Really quite remarkable.

    The singers here are really quite remarkable, especially the ladies (surely, Miah Persson is the best Fiordiligi of her age?), but in general I find the recent Glyndebourne Cosí to be better sung. But the Guth production is a whole lot more interesting than the Glyndebourne one.

    And Skovhus is all right, I guess. Provided that you can stand the man. I can't.
    Yes, this one is easier to "get used" to than the Figaro. It also makes more sense, than the Figaro. At some points it is just hilarious especially Petitbon is a lot of fun. The singing is very good, even Skovhus seems to be in better shape than in Figaro. I immediately recognized Boesch as Antonio from Figaro, there's something about his voice that is very recognizable.

    The ladies are the best part here, Leonard is a new singer to me, and I find her very convincing, she is just jaw-droppingly beautiful. I was impressed the most by Petitbon. She has a very powerfull and agile voice.

    There are these "dancing' movements that are also in the Figaro that I just don't get. Is there a deeper meaning I don't see ? Or are they just an ornamant ? I wonder how this is in the Don. I'll check it out later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dongiovanni View Post
    There are these "dancing' movements that are also in the Figaro that I just don't get. Is there a deeper meaning I don't see ? Or are they just an ornamant ? I wonder how this is in the Don. I'll check it out later.
    This is why I need to watch this again. But I think it might be some stylised thing, but I'm not sure.

    As far as I remember, there are no such things in the Don. But I might be wrong.

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