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Thread: What opera are you currently listening to / watching? CD/DVD

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    Muti's set really is as good as I remembered. The live sound lets it down a bit, but the performance is superb and it's no surprise that EMI decided it should be recorded for posterity. Gruberova is not a singer I usualy like, but here she is wonderful, spinning out her phrases in masterly fashion. But in Bellini's opera the leading character is undoubtedly Romeo and this has to be one of Baltsa's best roles. Tender in the duets, quick to anger in her exchanges with Tebaldo, her voice firm and free throughout its range. Her delivery of the recitatives is particularly thrilling.

    None of the other singers are quite in their class, but none of them let the side down and Muti's pacing of the score is just right.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

    "Liberté, égalité, fraternité"

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    The best things on this recording are Sass's Elvira and Gardelli's idiomatic conducting. Otherwise there is not a great deal to commend it. Lamberti's whining Ernani is a bit tiresome and both Miller and Kovats are a bit provincial. No doubt it would be enjoyable enough if you came across it on a night in Budapest, but the recording doesn't challenge either Schippers or Muti. I did enjoy Sass's Elvira though. This was one of her earliest recordings and the voice is in fine shape. She may not have Price's beauty of tone but she makes more of the character.

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    Sass impressed me even more by the end. Admittedy the voice occasionally turns squally, but her soft singing is exquisite. She also phrases imaginatively and with great sensitivity. If she was singing like this when she made her Covent Garden debut as Griselda, it's not surprising she made such a strong impression.
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    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Back from work. No mask, no face shield. Back to 1936. Pure escapism. What a performance!

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    Vincula

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    This arrived today.
    Guess what I will be listening to tonight?
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    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Another opera which makes the morning shine a bit more...

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