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    Smile Your desert island opera recordings on CD................

    I'll start.

    Solti, Keilberth '55 RINGS
    Faust, Cluytens, EMI
    Tales of Hoffman, Cluytens, EMI
    Magic Flute, Klemperer, EMI
    William Tell, Gardelli, EMI

    A start
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    Simon Boccanegra, Abbado, Deutsche Grammophon
    Macbeth, Muti, EMI
    Boris Godunov, Semkow, EMI
    Les Troyens, Davis, Philips
    Don Giovanni, Abbado, Deutsche Grammophon
    Church Parables, Britten, London*

    *If 'Rings' are allowed then my three Parables are allowed
    Ann

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    Norma - Callas/Simionato/Del Monaco/Votto; La Scala 1955
    La Traviata - Callas/Valetti/Zanasi/Rescgino; Covent Garden 1958
    Der Rosenkavalier - Schwarzkopf/Ludwig/Stich-Randall/Karajan (EMI)
    Don Carlo - Caballe/Verrett/Domingo/Milnes/Raimondi/Giulini (EMI)
    Rigoletto - Callas/Di Stefano/Gobbi/Serafin (EMI)

    That's today's list anyway. Tomorrow's may be different.
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    Norma - Callas/Stignani/Filippeschi/Rossi-Lemeni/Serafin; La Scala 1954
    La Traviata - Callas/Kraus/Sereni/Ghione; Lisbon 1958
    Die Tote Stadt - Kollo/Neblett/Prey/Leinsdorf; Munich 1975
    Lulu - Stratas/Minton/Mazura/Riegel/Boulez; Paris 1979
    Carmen - Berganza/Domingo/Cotubras/Milnes/Abbado; London 1977

    That's today's list anyway. Tomorrow's may be different.

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    Fidelio -- Abbado; Stemme, Kaufmann, Fischesser, et. al.
    Fidelio/1805 Urfassung -- De Billy; Nylund, Streit, Rose, et. al.
    Die Zauberflöte -- Böhm; Wunderlich, Lear, Fischer-Dieskau, et. al.
    La Traviata -- Carlos Kleiber; Cotrubas, Domingo, Milnes, et. al.
    Madama Butterfly -- Pappano; Gheorghiu, Kaufmann, Capitanucci, et. al.

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    I'd take only Verdi's Otello and when I see ship on the horizon, I turn on the opening at full volume so they come for me and I sing with the chorus and talk to Cassio like he sings È la nave del Duce! and I sing back NO, THERE ARE NO DUCES THESE DAYS, CASSIO, IT'S ONLY SOME ENVIRONMENT-THREATENING OIL TANKER and they reach the shore and I wait for some geezer captain to come out but it's Beczała who comes out and sings Esultate in unisono with Mario del Monaco from the recording and he says HMM THEY BOOED ME SO I STARTED MY OWN NAVAL OPERA HOUSE and I come on board and have great time on the operatic vessel.

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    I'd be happy to share all the desert islands listed above

    First choice would be Berlioz - Les Troyens (1st Davis recording) ..... to remind me that being cast up on an unkown shore might have pleasant diversions and would all turn out right (for me) in the end
    "Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." Berlioz, 1856

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    Peter Grimes, Britten-Peter Pears, Britten conducting.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    I don't know which of the many operas I love I would take, but in any case I would take a hand-crank old grammophone as there are no electrical outlets in a desert island. Also, a lot of food and fresh water.
    "No preluding! Piano pianissimo -- then all will be well." (Posted in the orchestra pit on August 13, 1876)

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    I might not bother with CDs. Just kidnap some singers, find a cave & get them to sing. Just for me.
    Ann

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    I might not bother with CDs. Just kidnap some singers, find a cave & get them to sing. Just for me.
    I'm sure they'd come willingly Annie.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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