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    I'd appreciate recommendations for one more DVD in my current purchase. So far I have Verdi's La Traviata (Bluray) with Olga Peretyatko, and Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro (Bluray) with Rene Jacobs (am very much into the period performance tradition). Below, I list two ''sub-genres'' and the corresponding operas that I own, so please challenge me by choosing a theme and recommending a top-notch performance. I go mainly for operas which are a) not too long, and b) traditional productions only. Let's see what you can come up with!

    Verismo

    Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana (Antonenko & Westbroek)

    Leoncavallo: Pagliacci: (Antonenko & Giannattasio)

    Puccini: Tosca (Pavarotti & Verrett, Domingo & Behrens)

    Ponchielli: La Gioconda (Domingo & Marton, Voigt & Margison)

    Giordano: Andrea Chenier (Kaufmann & Westbroek)

    Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (Kaufmann & Gheorghiu). Not such a fan of this opera.

    Verdi: Otello (Domingo & Fleming, Kunde & Remigio. Might buy the Kaufmann one, does anyone on here recommend it).

    French opera

    Bizet: Carmen (Baltsa & Carreras, Garanca & Alagna). Not such a fan of this opera.

    Bizet: Les Pecheurs De Perles (Damrau & Polenzani)

    Gounod: Faust (Gheorghiu & Alagna)

    Massenet: Manon (Netrebko & Villazon)

    Massenet: Werther (Kaufmann & Koch)

    Massenet: Thais (Fleming & Hampson. As an opera, this isn't dramatic enough for me and has no famous melodies except the Meditation; it's quite static).

    Saint-Saens: Samson Et Dalila (Domingo & Borodina, Vickers & Verrett)

    Berlioz: Les Troyens (Hymel & Westbroek; too long!). Not such a fan of this opera.

    Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande (the WNO staging; too long and static!)

    There's more, but let's focus on one of these themes for now. You choose and I buy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LouisMasterMusic View Post
    Hi all

    I'd appreciate recommendations for one more DVD in my current purchase. So far I have Verdi's La Traviata (Bluray) with Olga Peretyatko, and Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro (Bluray) with Rene Jacobs (am very much into the period performance tradition). Below, I list two ''sub-genres'' and the corresponding operas that I own, so please challenge me by choosing a theme and recommending a top-notch performance. I go mainly for operas which are a) not too long, and b) traditional productions only. Let's see what you can come up with!

    Verismo

    Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (Kaufmann & Gheorghiu). [B]Not such a fan of this opera.
    I'm not a big fan of this opera either. However, there's one video whose production I could recommend. It is traditional. I watched it years ago, when it aired on TV once. It has been released on DVD.

    Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (Larin & Dessì)



    French opera

    Bizet: Carmen (Baltsa & Carreras, Garanca & Alagna). Not such a fan of this opera.

    I'm not much of a fan of this opera either. There is one fairly traditional DVD of a production from 20 years ago. The Don Jose is sung by a spinto tenor, and the Carmen is sung by a lyric mezzo. The performance is less than three hours long, and it like the Baltsa and Carreras one that you have - this one is the opera-comique (dialogues) version. It's like watching and listening to a lively and intense French stage play with the music further propelling the plot. The French spoken by everyone is so crisp and clear and quite easy to understand.

    Bizet: Carmen (von Otter & Haddock)



    And now here's one French opera that you probably don't own yet. This one is a real good one and also has a traditional production:

    Gluck: Orphee et Eurydice (Kolchak & Chuchman)

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    Quote Originally Posted by a77 View Post
    I'm not a big fan of this opera either. However, there's one video whose production I could recommend. It is traditional. I watched it years ago, when it aired on TV once. It has been released on DVD.

    Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (Larin & Dessì)






    I'm not much of a fan of this opera either. There is one fairly traditional DVD of a production from 20 years ago. The Don Jose is sung by a spinto tenor, and the Carmen is sung by a lyric mezzo. The performance is less than three hours long, and it like the Baltsa and Carreras one that you have - this one is the opera-comique (dialogues) version. It's like watching and listening to a lively and intense French stage play with the music further propelling the plot. The French spoken by everyone is so crisp and clear and quite easy to understand.

    Bizet: Carmen (von Otter & Haddock)



    And now here's one French opera that you probably don't own yet. This one is a real good one and also has a traditional production:

    Gluck: Orphee et Eurydice (Kolchak & Chuchman)
    Thanks. Have just started a new purchase and will look into these either now or at some other time.

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