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    Quote Originally Posted by Il Maestro View Post
    My bad! I've fixed the link now.
    Even more bad from me, as our friend Florestan already posted it ( Sorry mate)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffrey Smith View Post
    My only recording is this

    One of those "so good I do not need another". But, ohimè, no DVD version.
    You should give this one a try. CLIPS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    You should give this one a try. CLIPS
    I remember comparing the Dessay recording and opting for the Bartoli...partly because of Bartoli, partly because of her castmates, and partly because it is a quasi HIP production, which appeals to a longtime HIPpie like myself.

    If I was going for a second version at this point, it would almost certainly be Callas. But the pile of operas bought but not yet heard is too large, so I am mostly avoiding new purchases of opera. (including but not limited to four Rings!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffrey Smith View Post
    I remember comparing the Dessay recording and opting for the Bartoli...partly because of Bartoli, partly because of her castmates, and partly because it is a quasi HIP production, which appeals to a longtime HIPpie like myself.

    If I was going for a second version at this point, it would almost certainly be Callas. But the pile of operas bought but not yet heard is too large, so I am mostly avoiding new purchases of opera. (including but not limited to four Rings!)
    Well Bartoli's version may be HIP, but I think you'll find a deeper authenticity in one of the versions by Callas,

    According to its librettist, Felice Romani, the role of Amina, written for the same singer who created Norma, Giuditta Pasta,

    ...even though at first glance it may seem very easy to interpret, is perhaps more difficult than many others which are deemed more important. It requires an actress who is playful, ingenuous and innocent, and at the same time passionate, sensitive and amorous; who has a cry for joy and also a cry for sorrow, an accent for reproach and another for entreaty… This was the role created by Bellini’s intellect.

    And this is what you will find in Callas's performance, especially in the live one from Cologne in 1957

    Last edited by Tsaraslondon; Jan-21-2016 at 10:12.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    But her singing makes it all worth you while
    Too bad the commercial Sonnambula DVD with Dessay isn't this one. I would buy it in a heartbeat. This is GREAT:
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregMitchell View Post
    Well Bartoli's version may be HIP, but I think you'll find a deeper authenticity in one of the versions by Callas,

    According to its librettist, Felice Romani, the role of Amina, written for the same singer who created Norma, Giuditta Pasta,

    ...even though at first glance it may seem very easy to interpret, is perhaps more difficult than many others which are deemed more important. It requires an actress who is playful, ingenuous and innocent, and at the same time passionate, sensitive and amorous; who has a cry for joy and also a cry for sorrow, an accent for reproach and another for entreaty… This was the role created by Bellini’s intellect.

    And this is what you will find in Callas's performance, especially in the live one from Cologne in 1957

    Blessed be! I checked the price on Amazon US MP. Callas live must mean $$$$, right?

    Under $12 including shipping.

    Cluck click. Ordered.

    Thank you.

    I did say if I got a second version of this opera, it would be Callas.
    If music be the food of life, play on!
    ....Shakespeare, corrected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffrey Smith View Post
    ...I did say if I got a second version of this opera, it would be Callas.
    Excellent choice!
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Originally Posted by Florestan
    As much as I like the Dessay Sonnambula on CD I can't bring myself to get it on DVD because they modernized it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    But her singing makes it all worth you while

    I just finished watching teh Dessay/Florez Sonnambula on DVD and it was overwhelmingly wonderful!
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
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    I just finished watching teh Dessay/Florez Sonnambula on DVD and it was overwhelmingly wonderful!
    For me one of Dessay best roles and Lucia of course

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    For me one of Dessay best roles and Lucia of course
    I haven't seen her much, but the best thing she did was Marie in La fille du regiment and I would have loved to see her in Don Pasquale and L'elisir (did she ever do those operas?) I also enjoyed her Amina, but I found her dramatically wan in Lucia and I can't imagine her in Traviata.

    It's probably anathema to say so, but I preferred her Marie over La Stupenda's as I think her more lyric voice suited the character better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    I haven't seen her much, but the best thing she did was Marie in La fille du regiment and I would have loved to see her in Don Pasquale and L'elisir (did she ever do those operas?) I also enjoyed her Amina, but I found her dramatically wan in Lucia and I can't imagine her in Traviata.

    It's probably anathema to say so, but I preferred her Marie over La Stupenda's as I think her more lyric voice suited the character better.

    N.

    You, dear Conte can say whatever you like, I am not offended, never and not for a moment.
    Because La Stupenda for me and everybody else means : untouchable

    As far as Marie goes , I would have give a arm and a leg to have seen that famous London La Fille

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    Slightly off topic and I beg you pardon Florestan.



    To Conte ; do you know anyone that, at a tender age of 60 dare to sing a performance like this?



    Thank you Dame Joan, we are forever in you depth, surely in my heart
    Last edited by Pugg; Feb-03-2016 at 07:56.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Slightly off topic and I beg you pardon Florestan.



    To Conte ; do you know anyone that, at a tender age of 60 dare to sing a performance like this?



    Thank you Dame Joan, we are forever in you depth, surely in my heart
    It takes a certain type of daring to play the ingenue at 60, I'll grant you!

    Now I enjoy Joanie's studio recording of the opera as much as anyone, but I'm willing to bet that, on stage at least, and at this point in their respective careers, Dessay makes the more convincing Marie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    As far as Marie goes , I would have give a arm and a leg to have seen that famous London La Fille
    Absolutely, me too, if the studio recording is anything to go by all involved were superb.

    N.

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    It's a CD rather than a DVD, but has anyone heard this recording?

    Roger Soyer's lovely 'Vi ravviso' from this performance is on YouTube, and that's what made me curious.
    Last edited by Figleaf; Feb-04-2016 at 01:56.

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