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    Default Does anybody else get obsessive and play certain opera snippets over and over??

    I get obsessive if a certain around half a minute segment of music blows me away and play it repetitatively. Right now it is the end of the 1952 live D'amore al dolce from Armida by Callas. I am not a Callas fanatic, but this is beyond fabulous and that last high D is one of the great high notes in opera recorded history. I must have played it 35 times this week. Am I the only person this happens to? This has happened to me often with Sutherland's better high notes.

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    Well, I watched 3 different Boccanegra productions within the last week, and I often play arias on repeat when I feel like it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattleoperafan View Post
    I get obsessive if a certain around half a minute segment of music blows me away and play it repetitatively. Right now it is the end of the 1952 live D'amore al dolce from Armida by Callas. I am not a Callas fanatic, but this is beyond fabulous and that last high D is one of the great high notes in opera recorded history. I must have played it 35 times this week. Am I the only person this happens to? This has happened to me often with Sutherland's better high notes.

    Currently I'm hooked on Callas' low A in "ma dall'arido stelo divulga" and her "lui, qui d'un peuple, rompt la chaîne, succombera sous mes efforts" and Muzio's "l'ultimo bacio o il bacio primo ecco v'imprimo".
    Last edited by Tuoksu; Aug-23-2019 at 23:47.

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    Not exactly. One thing I do is listen to lots of different recordings of the same aria or opera to compare their respective merits. At the moment I have just started a comparison of classic 1950s Bayreuth Ring cycles (so that will keep me busy for a bit!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattleoperafan View Post
    Does anybody else get obsessive and play certain opera snippets over and over??
    i never do, only an entire piece for me.

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    I do it only at the piano, when I'm reading through a score and sometimes play a passage over and over.

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    I can't get away from the Vorspiel in Parsifal.

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    Yes, when I first heard Le nozze di Figaro I couldn't stop listening to about 12 seconds in the second act finale "Ah, Signor, Signor...Cose stato" the string runs. Still love it. Always rewind that part many times when I listen to Figaro.
    Follow me on Instragam: figaro_under_the_moonlight.

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    Elena Nicolai's Condotta ell'era in Ceppi

    Most notably, that GLISSANDO at 3:54. so ominous, tormented, teetering on the brink of insanity. THIS is opera!

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    yes i do all the time

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    Yes, I do the same thing. For example currently I've been listening to "Dio, che nell'alma infodere" from Don Carlo.

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    No I don't. Nearest I get is Pearl Fisher's duet

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    Not arias or snippets, but whole operas. I will play different recordings in sequence, not to judge their respective merits, as mentioned above, but to revel in their differences. Listening to Furtwangler's metaphysical version of Tristan, followed by the white hot drama of Bohm's, it's like listening to two different operas!

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