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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    I always wanted a Dinorah CD set but they were too expensive. I do have the DVD and it is great.
    "Life is too short to spend it wandering in the barren Sahara of musical trash."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    I always wanted a Dinorah CD set but they were too expensive. I do have the DVD and it is great.
    Now they are even more expensive, out of print
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    Now they are even more expensive, out of print
    You got the right one. 2 hr 45 minutes. The other set with Patrizia Ciofi only runs 2 hr 15 minutes.
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    Slowly working my way through the 2011 Met Ring and this might be the most "traditional" version I have seen. For Rings, my "normal" has been various Regie productions, so it's almost surreal to see something like this

    Jonas hot as always (but why is he wearing chainmail with nothing under it?) and I really like Eric Owens as Alberich (he's almost too handsome, though!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    Wagner- Siegfried: Solti

    This opera newbie is continuing his first listen through the Ring. I agree with those who say that it's an artistic experience every member of the human race must undergo. Currently laughing quite hard at Gerhard Stoltze's gloriously nasty portrayal of Mime- unlike any singing I've ever heard. Wolfgang Windgassen (Siegfried) also produces some marvelous vocal colors. In fact, I have been nothing less than wowed by all of Solti's cast thus far except for Hotter's Wotan.
    An opera newbie here as well. Others suggested that I start with Lohengrin. I have familiarized myself with the synopsis and libretto. I also found a "step-by-step" on how to start listening to opera. I had no idea how to start. Anyway, tomorrow is my first listen all the way through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sieglinde View Post
    Slowly working my way through the 2011 Met Ring and this might be the most "traditional" version I have seen. For Rings, my "normal" has been various Regie productions, so it's almost surreal to see something like this

    Jonas hot as always (but why is he wearing chainmail with nothing under it?) and I really like Eric Owens as Alberich (he's almost too handsome, though!)
    So you did notice........
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    Quote Originally Posted by haydnguy View Post
    An opera newbie here as well. Others suggested that I start with Lohengrin. I have familiarized myself with the synopsis and libretto. I also found a "step-by-step" on how to start listening to opera. I had no idea how to start. Anyway, tomorrow is my first listen all the way through.
    Nice! I only listened to my first opera straight through about a month ago- Puccini's Tosca in the classic De Sabata/Callas recording. I was blown away once and for all, and realized what I had been missing for almost 3 years of listening to classical. Actually, the only other two I've heard have been Zauberflote and La Traviata. For Wagner, I don't think it was necessarily recommended to start with the Ring like I did, but I felt like hearing it just to see what everyone was talking about. It's been an amazing experience. Wagner's fusion of music and drama really is monumental. The whole thing will probably ending up being in my top 3-5 favorites musical works by the time I'm finished. I'm actually just about to start the final 4 hours of the cycle with Gotterdammerung- wish me luck After that, I think I'll go back to exploring some Mozart, Puccini, and Verdi operas for a while before I try out Tristan or Lohengrin or any other Wagner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    Nice! I only listened to my first opera straight through about a month ago- Puccini's Tosca in the classic De Sabata/Callas recording. I was blown away once and for all, and realized what I had been missing for almost 3 years of listening to classical. Actually, the only other two I've heard have been Zauberflote and La Traviata. For Wagner, I don't think it was necessarily recommended to start with the Ring like I did, but I felt like hearing it just to see what everyone was talking about. It's been an amazing experience. Wagner's fusion of music and drama really is monumental. The whole thing will probably ending up being in my top 3-5 favorites musical works by the time I'm finished. I'm actually just about to start the final 4 hours of the cycle with Gotterdammerung- wish me luck After that, I think I'll go back to exploring some Mozart, Puccini, and Verdi operas for a while before I try out Tristan or Lohengrin or any other Wagner.
    If you're not already aware of it, here's an excellent musical analysis of The Ring that I would highly recommend listening to after finishing the cycle for yourself. I know that for me personally it greatly enhanced my appreciation and admiration of the work:

    Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen - An Introduction by Deryck Cooke
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sieglinde View Post
    Jonas hot as always (but why is he wearing chainmail with nothing under it?)
    I think you may have answered your own question!

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    Severe, terse; lots of dry recit. Rather monotonous. Still, the end of Act I is spectacular.

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