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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Two recommendations for Anna Netrebko:


    I purchased LaBoheme but have not received it in the mail. I don't think Anna is the one who is playing Mimi. I think it was Teresa Straus. Darn! I wish I had found this place earlier.

    BTW, thanks for the tips on who to look for. Everyone you recommended looks good to me. I'm sure their singing is equally as charming. Time to do a bit more planning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spock View Post
    I purchased LaBoheme but have not received it in the mail. I don't think Anna is the one who is playing Mimi. I think it was Teresa Straus. Darn! I wish I had found this place earlier.

    BTW, thanks for the tips on who to look for. Everyone you recommended looks good to me. I'm sure their singing is equally as charming. Time to do a bit more planning.
    If it's the one with Teresa Stratas & José Carreras, I've got that one & I love it. Carreras is fabulous.

    Use our guides as that, just guides. Sometimes it's best to just jump in & find stuff you like. It doesn't matter what other people think or say is the 'best' singer, 'best' opera etc - go by your ear & your heart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    If it's the one with Teresa Stratas & José Carreras, I've got that one & I love it. Carreras is fabulous.

    Use our guides as that, just guides. Sometimes it's best to just jump in & find stuff you like. It doesn't matter what other people think or say is the 'best' singer, 'best' opera etc - go by your ear & your heart.
    I hear you. Thanks.

    I may also pick up Netrebko's DVD of La Boheme as well. I see that DVD was rated #1 here, so it may give me a good chance to see different versions of the same opera. Plus, I now am very motivated to view Anna to see if her voice matches her countenance. Not trying to dismiss Stratus, but Anna "looks" pretty special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spock View Post
    I hear you. Thanks.

    I may also pick up Netrebko's DVD of La Boheme as well. I see that DVD was rated #1 here, so it may give me a good chance to see different versions of the same opera. Plus, I now am very motivated to view Anna to see if her voice matches her countenance. Not trying to dismiss Stratus, but Anna "looks" pretty special.
    She is awesome . I'm going to see her in Eugene Onegin at the Met in Lincoln Center on October 19th. Teensy-weensy problem staying in tune, but her "countenance" makes up for that!

    By the way, this is not a traditional opera video as there is no "stage" per se in the Netrebko La bohème.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    I say YES!

    And you will love gorgeous Miah Persson in this wonderful DVD:

    This is absolutely wonderful. Young principles. Great singing and conducting AND acting! Couldn't see it being done better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroneslothrop View Post
    She is awesome . I'm going to see her in Eugene Onegin at the Met in Lincoln Center on October 19th. Teensy-weensy problem staying in tune, but her "countenance" makes up for that!

    By the way, this is not a traditional opera video as there is no "stage" per se in the Netrebko La bohème.
    Can't wait to read your review of the performance. As for her teensy problem staying in tune, I doubt I would notice that. Heck, for a long time I thought I was a decent singer, until my wife recorded my voice. (not good I'm afraid)

    Thanks for the heads up regarding the "no stage" opera. Don't know how I feel about that. I may go to YouTube to see if I can find a song or two from that DVD to check it out. Obviously this wouldn't hurt the singing, but admittedly, the video side is very important for me too. Time to do more research. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spock View Post
    Can't wait to read your review of the performance. As for her teensy problem staying in tune, I doubt I would notice that. Heck, for a long time I thought I was a decent singer, until my wife recorded my voice. (not good I'm afraid)

    Thanks for the heads up regarding the "no stage" opera. Don't know how I feel about that. I may go to YouTube to see if I can find a song or two from that DVD to check it out. Obviously this wouldn't hurt the singing, but admittedly, the video side is very important for me too. Time to do more research. Thanks again.
    What I mean by no stage is that the one where Anna stars opposite Rolando is an opera "movie". I recommend this to friends as a gentle introduction to opera (that is, segueing from movies).

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroneslothrop View Post
    What I mean by no stage is that the one where Anna stars opposite Rolando is an opera "movie". I recommend this to friends as a gentle introduction to opera (that is, segueing from movies).
    oh, I thought you were referencing this one. I guess not. Yes, I see there was also a movie she was in. Okayyyyyyyyyy. I read some reviews on this one and noticed many were not happy with this "modern" interpretation of the story. I actually thought that was what you meant by "no stage."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Spock View Post
    oh, I thought you were referencing this one. I guess not. Yes, I see there was also a movie she was in. Okayyyyyyyyyy. I read some reviews on this one and noticed many were not happy with this "modern" interpretation of the story. I actually thought that was what you meant by "no stage."

    Yes, that's why I mentioned Rudolfo in particular. Definitely did not mean the Salzburger production.

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    I have ordered quite a bit today, it is my final opera order for a while as will be obvious:

    Bizet's Carmen - Conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham featuring Victoria de Los Angeles in the titular role. I loved Victoria de Los Angeles from the first recording I heard from her on YouTube and subsequently picked her EMI Icons set. I am also a huge fan of Sir Thomas Beecham, yet I was still surprised by just how superb the excerpts from Carmen were - hence I bought the full opera.

    Parsifal - My exploration of Wagner continues with me jumping the gun and picking up Parsifal on both CD and Blu-Ray.
    - The CD is by Gergiev/Mariinsky Orchestra - I have read a lot of good things about this recording, so I decided to take a chance on this rather than Thielemans set. The Gergiev seemed to come out slightly ahead from what I have read. I almost erred towards the Barenboim but my heart was already set on the Gergiev so I went with my gut.
    - The Blu-Ray is the Nagano/Lenhoff production as suggested in the sticky thread up top. Again, the Barenboim was tempting and both were equal in reviews I had read - both with pro's and con's (such as a couple of plot alterations in the Nagano I believe) but in the end this one just grabbed me. I may go back to the Barenboim later, I'll have to see.

    Lohengrin - I have had the CD for a bit as conducted by Rudolf Kempe so I decided to pick up a DVD as Opera is far more enjoyable with the visual element - plus I find the CD's easier to follow when I can visualise it better in my mind. I again went for the Nagano/Lenhoff production.

    Le Nozze Di Figaro - The new Glyndebourne release of the Ticciati/Grandage production. I know it is more modern production as opposed to a period setting but it looks interesting and reviewed well.

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    The new anniversary issue of the Bohm Ring. each act of Siegfried now on separate discs. woooohooooo

    Furtwangler Scala Siegfried and Gotterdammerung to complete that series.

    The Bohm Meistersinger live from Bayreuth.
    My Meister collection grows again

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    I finally have my own copy of the Robert Lepage MET Ring! Hojotoho!

    Now I just have to find a chunk of free time of appropriate size...
    ... yet for us will still remain the holy German art... (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
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    God gave all men all earth to love,
    But since our hearts are small,
    Ordained for each one spot should prove
    Beloved over all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    The new anniversary issue of the Bohm Ring. each act of Siegfried now on separate discs. woooohooooo

    Furtwangler Scala Siegfried and Gotterdammerung to complete that series.

    The Bohm Meistersinger live from Bayreuth.
    My Meister collection grows again
    Well, you can't have too many recordings of your favorite operas.

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    Knappertsbusch Ring here.
    Cant wait to get it.

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    Just bit the HUGE bullet and ordered the Keilberth stereo Ring.
    Very excited to get it.
    Big Wagner month for me.

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