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    Although I am very conversant with Mozart's instrumental music, I've never really developed much of taste for Opera. I've tried to recite that but my explorations have been limited my wife's disinterest in Opera, which makes an evening at the Opera a squirmer for her. I have seen Don Giovanni at the Met and The Magic Flute in Chicago, but never been fortunate enough to see Figaro or Cosi.
    I would therefore like to try some video productions to see if I can develop an appreciation. I realize it's a poor substitute for the theater, but I'm not getting any younger and I'd like to start somewhere.
    I'm particularly interested in the Da Ponte Operas as a starting point, and I'd like to start with "traditional" stagings, and not Regietheater. I am making no judgement of the relative merits of these approaches--as an Opera Neophyte it would be impertinent to do so--but I' prefer to absorb the "basics"
    before I get adventurous.
    I would also prefer to start with recordings in modern sound, preferably surround sound (although I will settle for Stereo). I realize that in general the quality of singing was better in decades of past than we might have today, but again I'll leave those explorations for later.
    So I therefore was hoping that I might get some useful recommendations for videos of the Da Ponte Operas from the sophisticated folks who post in the Opera Forum.
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527

    Bryn Terfel (Don Giovanni), Renée Fleming (Donna Anna), Solveig Kringelborn (Donna Elvira), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Leporello), Paul Groves (Don Ottavio), Sergei Koptchak (Il Commendatore), John Relyea (Masetto), Hei-Kyung Hong (Zerlina)

    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus, James Levine

    As traditional as one can get, recorded 2005 full stereo.

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    While it is not a staging per se ... Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's movie of Marriage of Figaro from 1975 would be a strong recommendation with its excellent cast:
    Kiri Te Kanawa - Countess; Mirella Freni - Susanna; Maria Ewing - Cherubino; Herman Prey - Figaro; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Count
    Vienna Philharmonic - Karl Bohm.

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    The ROH have done an excellent Figaro DVD conducted by Pappano.

    For Cosi try 2006 Gylndebourne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    While it is not a staging per se ... Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's movie of Marriage of Figaro from 1975 would be a strong recommendation with its excellent cast:
    Kiri Te Kanawa - Countess; Mirella Freni - Susanna; Maria Ewing - Cherubino; Herman Prey - Figaro; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Count
    Vienna Philharmonic - Karl Bohm.
    wow, that sounds great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    wow, that sounds great!
    You can check it out on YouTube

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    already bought it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplets View Post
    wow, that sounds great!
    Very good. I owned it on Laser Disc.

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    Wow! Laser Disc! I bet that sounded great when you flew on your Pteradactyl

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    I found a used copy of Don Giovanni, a Haitink led production from Covent Garden in 1975. It was pretty disappointing--no subtitles and the sound is distinctly tubby, sounding like a TV broadcast, surprising for that relatively late date

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    Exist other "le nozze di figaro" with Ponnelle's production (live from the Met...a bit different of the original production from salzburg):

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8WylwsEKQ1I


    "cosí fan tutte", by Harnoncourt and Ponnelle (film based in his production):

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vicbLscxrPU


    "don giovanni" by Siepi and Furtwangler:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KFHyyVcsRQA


    "idomeneo" by Levine and Ponnelle (live from the Met):

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gMpBEcM4uQE


    "la clemenza di tito" by Ponnelle (film):

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CpRIWH_01Is


    "mitridate" also by Harnoncourt and Ponnelle (film):

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pKLPXjOFZAE
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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    While it is not a staging per se ... Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's movie of Marriage of Figaro from 1975 would be a strong recommendation with its excellent cast:
    Kiri Te Kanawa - Countess; Mirella Freni - Susanna; Maria Ewing - Cherubino; Herman Prey - Figaro; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Count
    Vienna Philharmonic - Karl Bohm.
    I used to like this film - but now find it a bit wooden. with Figaro, of all mozart operas - it has to be a staged perf not studio.
    I like the live 1973 glyndebourne with kiri and cotrubas much better. There are some fine historical filmed staged productions that I have come across - Popp & Van Damme for example - what better pairing for Susanna and figaro could there be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stomanek View Post
    I used to like this film - but now find it a bit wooden. with Figaro, of all mozart operas - it has to be a staged perf not studio.
    I like the live 1973 glyndebourne with kiri and cotrubas much better. There are some fine historical filmed staged productions that I have come across - Popp & Van Damme for example - what better pairing for Susanna and figaro could there be.



    Mozart LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Solti Paris 1980 Popp, Van Dam, Janowitz, Bacquier, Von Stade ( Complete)

    Try this one, sublime.

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    Are you familiar with the fact that there is sort of a sequel to the Magic Flute, by Peter von Winter? "Der Zauberflöte zweyter Theil. Das Labyrinth" There was a perdormance at 2012 Salzburg Festival

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    Try also this very rarely performed Mozart's opera. Libretto not by De Ponte, though

    http://klassikundopern.web.tv/video/...7__2kokwmrqwvk

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