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

    Share your current cd or dvds here.......................

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    I've been listening to St Matthew Passion. I know it's not an opera but it's a work I don't know & I'm going to see it in April & want to familiarise myself before I go.

    But today Matthew will take a back-seat as I have a new Boris on my Walkman which I'll listen to on my way to work this morning. I'll report back tonight.

    Ann

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    Default Kasper Holten's film "JUAN" based on Mozart's Don Giovanni

    Kasper Holten's film "JUAN" in a word... "Awesome"

    It's Don Giovanni, score and libretto abridged, yes... but it's so much fun watching. The English sub titles are needed, with the text flying by along side the music. The story is updated to "now". Instead of Leporello writing down Juan's conquests to a ledger... now he secretly records all encounters (hit and misses) in the thousands, on video (there must be a large hard drive on that MacBook?) I luv the singing, in the streets, in the shower, uptown, downtown, in train stations... everywhere. It fits the style of the whole film. What you do get, is no lip syncing. The singers were fitted with blue tooth ear buds feeding them the Mozart score, super mikes to capture the vocals and at the same time street noise. I liked the way the signers did sing voice overs, when their characters were deep in thought. Real opera... singing/acting were filmed in the streets and byways of a big city. This film is modern, cell phones, etc. The score and text are trimmed, the action, non stop. It feels sexy, dark, with danger around every corner. We know Mozart's Don Diovanni has class privilege, he's monied, and a master opportunist. His list of victims and conquests are a mile long. In this "Juan" you get an English translation that's "R" rated, and cheeky. Just watch Zerlina begging for her lover's forgiveness. it feels real, it's heady, and at the same time meaty stuff. To me the testy language fits this film like a glove. "Juan" film on DVD is an imported Blu-Ray. It's coded Region 2 - Europe. To play this Blu-Ray in the US, you need a Region Free Blu-Ray Player. I hope the "Juan" Blu-Ray will get a USA release date soon. It's been showing up at film festival's around the world... a must see.

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    Mozart's Clemenza di Tito:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    ... I have a new Boris on my Walkman which I'll listen to on my way to work this morning. I'll report back tonight.

    I can't believe just how much I love this already. Very different from my other favourite.



    The Semkow is done with a lighter hand & tone (don't ask me for technical terms) but is still very Russian. If I was asked to choose my favourite between these two I couldn't.

    Thanks Rob for the recommendation.
    Ann

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    Erich Kleiber's recording of Rosenkavalier

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    Saw the HD Faust from the Met - it finally made it to cinemas in NZ. While I was looking forward most to Jonas Kaufmann, it ended up being Rene Pape who blew me away with his multi-faceted Méphistophélès. The best Veau d'Or I've ever seen, with wonderfl staging. I din;t think the nuclear story added much BTW>
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    Default Kasper Holten's film "JUAN" based on Mozart's Don Giovanni.... Youtube Link added

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    I wasn't so taken by Juan - singers obviously chosen for their looks not their voices, (apart from Maltman himself who is gorgeous AND can sing), and I didn't like the translation or the cuts, but I thought Leporello was hilarious.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    The only reason I could bear this from beginning to end (I hate such modern staging for a serious historical drama) was Anatoly Kotcherga, I think he's the best Boris I've ever seen or heard, even better than Chaliapin, Reizen and Christoff, and his firework is the 1985 recording with the Warsaw National Opera (a live captured recording) where you can find the only high level performance of Boris Godunov !
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    Right now I am listening to Solti's Gotterdammerung so remind myself as to how the piece should be conducted.

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    The Von Karajan Die Zauberflote with Wilma Lipp as Konigin.

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    In preparation for the next round of CD voting:

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I can't believe just how much I love this already. Very different from my other favourite.



    The Semkow is done with a lighter hand & tone (don't ask me for technical terms) but is still very Russian. If I was asked to choose my favourite between these two I couldn't.

    Because of Sospiro, my interest in Mussorgsky has been revived, I'm going to dig up my Boris Godunovs and listen again!

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    Still listening/watching versions of Trovatore this week after recent vote here.........

    This is really a great opera and Leonora has such beautiful memorable arias, Raina Kabaivanska is ravishing in this 1978 DVD, so impressive too bad she does not have a large catalog of work


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