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    Default La dame aux camélias

    is the only well known novel by Alexandre Dumas fils (son)...His father wrote many GOOD things. Les trois musquetaires, etc. was his father.

    The story is cheezy.

    Marguerita became Violetta...

    Martin

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    I saw a mid-run performance with Angela Gheorghiu and James Valenti last season at the Met which was the final season of the Zeffirelli production (which was sadly replaced IMO by the Decker production). These two artists got positive reviews, despite the Slatkin fiasco. However, when I attended the Saturday matinee performance, I thought both Gheorghiu and Valenti were underwhelming. I could barely hear Valenti but then again I was in the Family Circle. I suppose you can indeed get by in the opera profession with good looks.....

    It was the first time I had seen Gheorghiu live and throughout the performance I was perplexed about she was so renowned. I had the privilege of seeing Renee Fleming at Covent Garden in summer 2009. She was a far better Violetta than Gheorghiu.

    A fine version can be heard on Met Player with Fleming, Vargas, and Hvorostovsky.

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    Almaviva's gonna kill me . . . but maybe sometime in the future (probably the distant future), we should conduct a poll of the best CD versions of the top 100 operas. Cotrubas is one of my all-time favorite Violettas -- and Domingo and Milnes are certainly nothing to sneeze at, either.

    Videos are wonderful, but sometimes I simply enjoy listening to the music and imagining the staging myself. (Which probably puts me at the top of the list of the Chronically Weird . . . )

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Almaviva's gonna kill me . . .

    He will

    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    but maybe sometime in the future (probably the distant future), we should conduct a poll of the best CD versions of the top 100 operas. Cotrubas is one of my all-time favorite Violettas -- and Domingo and Milnes are certainly nothing to sneeze at, either.

    Videos are wonderful, but sometimes I simply enjoy listening to the music and imagining the staging myself. (Which probably puts me at the top of the list of the Chronically Weird . . . )
    I must be weird as well. I started my opera journey listening to CDs & even though I watch lots of DVDs now, I still love listening & creating performances in my mind.
    Ann

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    Hey, I'm not a murderer! I only kill people who don't like Anna Netrebko. But I wouldn't call it murder, but rather, needed clean-up, for the sake of humankind's gene pool.

    Now, seriously. My main goal is to make of TC Opera forum a reference for people to consult when they approach opera for the first time, and my secondary goal is to increase foot traffic here so that the membership grows and the discussions are even more interesting.

    Establishing a list of preferred CD versions meets both these goals and is a great idea!

    And I see nothing against doing it simultaneously with the Top 100 DVDs project, although maybe you guys disagree and we should wait - what do you all think about it?

    Doing it simultaneously has the advantage of not needing to wait months (for those among us who are not good with delayed gratification - me included).

    Doing it in the future after the end of the DVD project has the advantage of always keeping something entertaining going, as a way to foster discussions and connect the members with each other. I slightly favor the second option.

    One caveat: my knowledge of recorded versions is mediocre. I'll help with formating, merging posts, editing mistakes, etc, but we'd need someone to take the reins of the project, especially if we do it simultaneously, because I wouldn't have the time to take on both projects.
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    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I would prefer to wait until after we've finished the DVD project.

    If we'd started both together that would have been fine but as we're part way through the 'Best DVDs' I think it might get confusing .. for me anyway!
    Ann

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I would prefer to wait until after we've finished the DVD project.

    If we'd started both together that would have been fine but as we're part way through the 'Best DVDs' I think it might get confusing .. for me anyway!
    Good point!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Thank you for posting that!!! Wow, a nice little bit of background to the opera, and some great coverage of rehearsal.

    Thank you very much!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I would prefer to wait until after we've finished the DVD project.

    If we'd started both together that would have been fine but as we're part way through the 'Best DVDs' I think it might get confusing .. for me anyway!
    I also think it would be good to wait -- and, even with the current sad state of the classical recording industry, there may be a few new recordings coming on the market between now and the time we start the CD project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I also think it would be good to wait -- and, even with the current sad state of the classical recording industry, there may be a few new recordings coming on the market between now and the time we start the CD project.
    Yes, that's what we'll do, then.
    We'll need someone else to take the lead for this CD project, unless Gaston comes back and wants to do it. I don't have much expertise on CD versions... and will probably be exhausted with the long, long DVD project...
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Another one for Alma's collection ... maybe?

    Ann

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    Hey, Annie, I think there's something for you too...

    Violetta: Renée Fleming
    Alfredo Germont: Joseph Calleja
    Giorgio Germont: Thomas Hampson
    Baron Douphol: Eddie Wade
    Doctor Grenvil: Richard Wiegold

    The Royal Opera Chorus
    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

    Director: Richard Eyre
    Conductor: Antonio Pappano

    Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, London, June & July 2009

    Extra features:

    Cast gallery
    Antonio Pappano interviews Renée Fleming
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I am happy to see some Cortubas/Domingo fans, as I am partial to this version.

    The first opera i ever saw/heard! it was a magnificent experience (Royal Scottish National Orchestra) and was actually the first classical music performance i had ever been to. i was 22. Now i'm hooked!

    so back to the thread, Domingo at "Un di Felice" kills me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Hey, Annie, I think there's something for you too...

    Violetta: Renée Fleming
    Alfredo Germont: Joseph Calleja
    Giorgio Germont: Thomas Hampson
    Baron Douphol: Eddie Wade
    Doctor Grenvil: Richard Wiegold

    The Royal Opera Chorus
    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

    Director: Richard Eyre
    Conductor: Antonio Pappano

    Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, London, June & July 2009

    Extra features:

    Cast gallery
    Antonio Pappano interviews Renée Fleming


    I've got a recording off the TV but the quality isn't too good so I'm really looking forward to getting this. It was featured in the BBC series 'Opera Italia' with Antonio Pappano. Joseph's voice has developed & his acting has improved since then but the scene with Alfredo & Germont is amazing.
    Ann

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    i think one cannot overlook Callas... her Violetta was undeniably involving... I also like Virginia Zeani's recording...!

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