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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Perhaps I should get one of these:

    Moffo had a lovely voice and manner in her early career, and I do like her very much. I particularly enjoy her recording of Verdi's Luisa Miller and her Susanna in Giulini's Le Nozze di Figaro. She is a charming Nanetta on the Karajan Falstaff and a welcome change from the usual soubrette as Musetta on Callas's La Boheme.

    However I don't know the above performance of La Sonnambula. I am sure she sings it very beautifully, but I wonder if the roles deeper significance might elude her. I find that she tends to skate over the emotional content of a role like Violetta. The notes are there, but the deeper meaning is not.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    I searched all evening and found several nice Sonnambulas including this one,


    But ended up falling for this one,

    with this fine soprano,


    The studio remastered Callas set is still on my list though.
    "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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    I have the dvd. Moffo's singing is very fine, but the "production" is just plain embarrassing, though it probably would have been considered normal enough in the 50s!

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    erased post. never mind.
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; Jan-31-2015 at 05:21.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
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    So what is it about Nina Foresti? Is that really a 12-year-old Maria Callas?

    Also, I was wondering why we don't have a Maria Callas group on this site.
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; Jan-31-2015 at 05:49.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post


    This one?
    Of course this one, the best a man can get
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Of course this one, the best a man can get
    Yes, and I need to get that someday, but right now I am high on Callas and can't imagine listening to anything else.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Of course this one, the best a man can get
    That's debatable. Anyway, Florestan seems to have got the Callas bug. For such a person, Sutherland will always be found wanting.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Yes, and I need to get that someday, but right now I am high on Callas and can't imagine listening to anything else.
    I don't think you're missing anything, Florestan. The best can't be bettered
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregMitchell View Post
    I don't think you're missing anything, Florestan. The best can't be bettered
    The only way to go from Olympus is down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregMitchell View Post
    That's debatable. Anyway, Florestan seems to have got the Callas bug. For such a person, Sutherland will always be found wanting.
    I agree-- and I love that early sixties Decca Sutherland Sonnambula.

    -- I just love Divna more.

    ;D

    Love, love-- all around 'love.'

    Nothing but love.
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    Callas' voice gives one the feeling of ecstasy (no not the drug, but a natural high).

    I tried listening to my Sutherland arias set and didn't get very far when I had to go back to Callas.
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; Jan-31-2015 at 15:29.
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    A quick update: A few days ago I ordered the Dessay Sonnambula CD set and the Moffo Sonnambula on DVD. I don't have much desire to pick up any Sutherland, though I did get her on DVD for Anna Bolena (yet to be watched).
    "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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    My recommendation for Sonnambula would be not to listen to it but that's probably not the question you are really asking here! Never saw the point of Bellini unless it is the cocktail! if forced to listen to it at gunpoint I would opt for the one with Joan Sutherland. It's her repertoire and she excels at the canary fancying stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbebleu View Post
    My recommendation for Sonnambula would be not to listen to it but that's probably not the question you are really asking here! Never saw the point of Bellini unless it is the cocktail! if forced to listen to it at gunpoint I would opt for the one with Joan Sutherland. It's her repertoire and she excels at the canary fancying stuff.
    Right Greg, get the manacles, give him the finale to Norma until he changes his mind! (One of the Callas studio recordings, of course.)

    N.
    Last edited by The Conte; Feb-04-2016 at 23:56.

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