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    Quote Originally Posted by vincula View Post
    De gustibus... I agree on Callas' singing though. I couldn't help opening all the windows and turning up the volume up to head banging levels. I was home alone but felt like "sharing it with the world"

    I've got this one scheduled for tonight. Long day at work today...

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    I love Callas. Hope that won't upset my Lisa della Casa...

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    I watched the Ponelle film of Rigoletto last night and it felt pale and hackneyed compared to this wonderful recording.

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    “The media’s the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent look guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the mind of the masses.”
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    Nagano's was the first recording of the opera to appear in almost 40 years but is a worthy successor to its predecessor (the Dervaux) in every way and is of course in much better sound.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Wagner: Lohengrin
    Claudio Abbado. Listening to this recording for Waltraude Meier
    Last edited by Sonata; Aug-20-2020 at 13:09.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Wagner: Lohengrin
    Claudio Abbado. Listening to this recording for Waltraude Meier
    Why did she specifically ask you to listen to it for her? Can she not listen to it for herself?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    Wagner: Lohengrin
    Claudio Abbado. Listening to this recording for Waltraude Meier
    They came for the Meier and stayed for the Abbado, the Studer and the Jerusalem.

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    Today's goal is to learn about Fidelio via a Royal Opera House presentation (about 2 hours) from Feb 2020. It was a toss up between this and Die Zauberfloete.


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    Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana
    Erede (cond.), Tebaldi, Björling, Bastianini (1957 Decca)

    Excellent! I’m getting into an opera kick lately and this really hits the spot. I need more short operas like this as I tend to lose focus during the long ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana
    Erede (cond.), Tebaldi, Björling, Bastianini (1957 Decca)

    Excellent! I’m getting into an opera kick lately and this really hits the spot. I need more short operas like this as I tend to lose focus during the long ones.
    Since you're at it, you may want to try Leoncavallo's I pagliacci too. They're frequently staged together.

    This one's a real classic:

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    Listening to my favorite recording of Händel‘s Giulio Cesare, with Jennifer Larmore, led by Jacobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline View Post
    Today's goal is to learn about Fidelio via a Royal Opera House presentation (about 2 hours) from Feb 2020. It was a toss up between this and Die Zauberfloete.

    What a totally awesome presentation! Thanks for posting.

    At 58:15, after discussing political prisoners around the world, he says that "this opera is not allowed to be performed in China."

    AT 1:19:50 there is a nice touch. They show Leonore as an aristocratic woman in a fancy dress, presumably during the overture, to give you a stronger contrast to the disguised Leonore in the prison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    What a totally awesome presentation! Thanks for posting.

    At 58:15, after discussing political prisoners around the world, he says that "this opera is not allowed to be performed in China."
    That is not surprising. I expect that there is a lot of music (not to mention speech) that is banned.

    During and after Beethoven's time, Vienna lived unders censorship - but Beethoven's opera made it past the censors for both versions. Beethoven did have some immunity from the censors (because of his celebrity - and given his reputation for railing openly against the Ancien regiem that is surprising. Hypothetically, and as there was only one Beethoven - if Cherubini had written the opera - would it have been censored?
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    “The media’s the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent look guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the mind of the masses.”
    --Malcolm X

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    This wouldn't be my top choice for the opera, but it's an enjoyable enough set and Freni is in fresher voice here than she is on the Levine, where she just sounds too old.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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