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    Listened to the Sawallisch 1968 Roma Ring over the weekend. You can stream this ring at this site. Image of one of the operas in this set:



    Listened to the Swallisch 1989 Siegfried last night and tonight plan to listen to the 1989 Sawallisch Gotterdammerung off this wonderful set:
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    Götterdämmerung - Bayreuth 1960. Fabulous, as is the rest of this cycle. The edition I have is the first cycle with the Walküre from July 1960 with Nilsson as Brünnhilde and not the edition with Varnay who sang the second cycle. Nilsson also sings the other two Brünnhildes and is stunning in Götterdämmerung.
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    An Evening with Dame Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti

    Luciano Pavarotti & Joan Sutherland, Leo Nucci (Germont), Hilary Johnsson (Annina), James Courtney (Doctor Grenvil), Leo Nucci (Rigoletto), Isola Jones (Maddalena), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Sparafucile), Ariel Bybee (Alisa), Julien Robbins (Raimondo)

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    Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, Metropolitan Opera, Simon Rattle, 8 Oct. 2016 (Met on Demand)

    ISOLDE: Nina Stemme
    BRANGÄNE: Ekaterina Gubanova
    TRISTAN: Stuart Skelton
    KING MARKE: René Pape

    20. Act II: Thatest du's wirklich?.... Rene Pape

    I've just listened through Thatest du's wirklich? so I obviously haven't watched the entire music drama yet, but I'm a bit concerned.... Rene Pape's acting is wonderful, as usual, and the words of his "aria" are beautiful, but I'm VERY disappointed in the music that he is singing. Has anyone else experienced the same thing? Does the music grow on you?!?

    Also, I know this number/piece is not an aria, what it is officially called? Is it another Monolog?

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    Première: 14 februari 1829

    Bellini: La Straniera

    Elena Souliotis, Luchetti, Savarese, Zilio - de Fabritiis.

    Catania, 1971
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    This morning:


    This afternoon:


    This evening:


    Later this evening will start this:
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    Verdi: I Masnadieri
    "When words fail... there is music"

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    Tribute to Mrs. Fleming on her birthday yesterday .
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
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    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Verdi: La Traviata

    Beverly Sills (soprano), Rolando Panerai (bass-baritone), Mirella Fiorentini (soprano), Terence Sharpe (bass-baritone), Delia Wallis (mezzo-soprano), Terence Sharp (bass-baritone) et al

    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, John Alldis Choir, Aldo Ceccato
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    Smetana: The Bartered Bride
    Sung in German

    Fritz Wunderlich (Hans), Gottlob Frick (Kezal) & Pilar Lorengar (Marie), Marcel Cordes (Kruschina), Nada Puttar (Kathinka), Ivan Sardi (Micha), Sieglinde Wagner (Agnes), Sieglinde Wagner (Agnes), Ernst Krukowski (Springer), Gertrud Freedman (Esmeralda), Walter Stoll (Muff)

    Rudolf Kempe conducting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JosefinaHW View Post
    Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, Metropolitan Opera, Simon Rattle, 8 Oct. 2016 (Met on Demand)

    ISOLDE: Nina Stemme
    BRANGÄNE: Ekaterina Gubanova
    TRISTAN: Stuart Skelton
    KING MARKE: René Pape

    20. Act II: Thatest du's wirklich?.... Rene Pape

    I've just listened through Thatest du's wirklich? so I obviously haven't watched the entire music drama yet, but I'm a bit concerned.... Rene Pape's acting is wonderful, as usual, and the words of his "aria" are beautiful, but I'm VERY disappointed in the music that he is singing. Has anyone else experienced the same thing? Does the music grow on you?!?

    Also, I know this number/piece is not an aria, what it is officially called? Is it another Monolog?

    Thank you (and Happy Valentine's Day).
    Mehh.....sometimes I think it does, but then I realize what a great deal of work I have to put into it to get much enjoyment.
    There are definitely parts I like: The overture, the liebestod, the opening of act 3, and large chunks of act 2. But I really have trouble appreciating it as a cohesive whole
    "When words fail... there is music"

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    Verdi Aida

    Callas / Tucker / Gobbi / Serafin

    Real drama in the Nile scene. Pity Tucker isn't in the same class as the other two.

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