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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post

    The Bohm/DG "toga party" version seems too retro with a good chance of being a snooze (I may be wrong of course)

    Any comparisons or preferences among these three?


    The Bohm dvd is a film, not a live performance.
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    The Bohm dvd is a film, not a live performance.
    I have no problem in general with opera movies if they are done well........
    I have a few Ponselle opera movie versions that I really like

    Do you have the Bohm version, any comments?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    I have no problem in general with opera movies if they are done well........
    I have a few Ponselle opera movie versions that I really like

    Do you have the Bohm version, any comments?
    I also have some opera films that I love. I haven't got this Bohm/Ariadne (yet), but reviews that I've read are positive.
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    I was just looking to see if there were any good DVD versions to buy, not many choices and youtubes of the Jessie Norman & Kathleen Battle version didn't get me too excited although it seems to be current favorite........

    The Bohm/DG "toga party" version seems too retro with a good chance of being a snooze (I may be wrong of course)

    Any comparisons or preferences among these three?

    I decided to go with Janowitz / Gruberova movie version of Ariadne..........

    Something about Jessie Norman and R Strauss doesn't click for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastien Melmoth View Post
    Oh, mamma--saw the Met's December 31, 2009 Carmen with Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna, directed by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

    That's gotta be the h o t t e s t Carmen ever!

    Elina Garanca is Carmen!

    Alagna seemed to sing well, and was vigorously applauded after the Flower Song.

    The staging and dance were very nice as well.
    Just watching this one too at the moment - Garanca is very convincing, seductive and free spirited. Jose simply doesn't stand a chance.

    I'm not so keen on Alagna - voice a bit tired, and too much boyish charm to be a killer. But he's OK. Tahu Rhodes is very dashing as Escamillo, especially considering he had about 4 hours notice before going on.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Just watching this one too at the moment - Garanca is very convincing, seductive and free spirited. Jose simply doesn't stand a chance.

    I'm not so keen on Alagna - voice a bit tired, and too much boyish charm to be a killer. But he's OK. Tahu Rhodes is very dashing as Escamillo, especially considering he had about 4 hours notice before going on.


    USA release date is 9/21/10 and I have Garanca in my Amazon wish list.

    I love Carmen and my current favorite DVD is Antonacci / Kaufmann with conductor Pappano........excellent DVD for any opera fan, can't own just one version of this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    I love Carmen and my current favorite DVD is Antonacci / Kaufmann with conductor Pappano........excellent DVD for any opera fan, can't own just one version of this!
    This is my favourite too - although this production should really be titled Don Jose.
    Natalie

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    More of a "listening to", but I'm currently entranced by http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r1tXDUc6Wc
    Anyone know if the full opera (Les Caprices de Marianne) is worth springing for on Amazon? Audio only, it appears.
    -Ian

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    Loved these especially the Cesare.

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    Just saw John Adams' "Doctor Atomic" on Met player. I can't say that I enjoyed it very much. I like some of Adams' work, but I struggled to keep on watching this one to the end. There's some good music towards the end of both acts in particular, but most of it is rather boring.
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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    I don't know any really good version of Macbeth. This one has the excellent Shirley Verrett, the adequate if slightly constipated looking Leo Nucci, a couple of actors synching to Sam Ramey and Verriano Lucchetti, some atmospheric Belgian dungeons, marshes, caves and some severely creepy feral wolf-children witches. The problem is partly Verdi's - the music for the witches is so relentlessly up-beat and jolly that you'd really want them in sugar-hued cocktail dresses to match, whereas blue-tinted monkey-women crawling around the rocks and cannibalising rotting corpses don't really fit...

    Actually I had more fun watching the accompanying "making-of" doco, with the chain-smoking Francophone director alternately snarling about missing cellphones and the method-acting bit-part thespian playing Macduff, and the next minute coaxing Shirley Verrett (who just managed to keep a straight face) into tugging on Nucci's sword as though she is pleasuring him sexually.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post


    I don't know any really good version of Macbeth. This one has the excellent Shirley Verrett, the adequate if slightly constipated looking Leo Nucci, a couple of actors synching to Sam Ramey and Verriano Lucchetti, some atmospheric Belgian dungeons, marshes, caves and some severely creepy feral wolf-children witches. The problem is partly Verdi's - the music for the witches is so relentlessly up-beat and jolly that you'd really want them in sugar-hued cocktail dresses to match, whereas blue-tinted monkey-women crawling around the rocks and cannibalising rotting corpses don't really fit...

    Actually I had more fun watching the accompanying "making-of" doco, with the chain-smoking Francophone director alternately snarling about missing cellphones and the method-acting bit-part thespian playing Macduff, and the next minute coaxing Shirley Verrett (who just managed to keep a straight face) into tugging on Nucci's sword as though she is pleasuring him sexually.


    What a fabulous review!
    Ann

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    I do not own any Macbeth DVDs now, but when I see a cover photo showing those bland grey monochromatic outfits red flags go up for me........

    I could see why some people would try that version with Shirley Verrett since she is featured on the famous CD version conducted by Abbado



    And to confuse matters slightly we have the Shostakovich opera Lady Macbeth.......

    Actually I had more fun watching the accompanying "making-of" doco, with the chain-smoking Francophone director alternately snarling about missing cellphones and the method-acting bit-part thespian playing Macduff, and the next minute coaxing Shirley Verrett (who just managed to keep a straight face) into tugging on Nucci's sword as though she is pleasuring him sexually
    This is one of the great advantages of DVD or Blu Ray is bonus behind the scences interviews, documentaries or featurettes. For example fun to see how stage was designed and props are quickly changed between acts, seeing fun personal side of singers etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    I do not own any Macbeth DVDs now, but when I see a cover photo showing those bland grey monochromatic outfits red flags go up for me........

    I could see why some people would try that version with Shirley Verrett since she is featured on the famous CD version conducted by Abbado

    Now if that version was on DVD I would certainly get it.

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    This is one of the great advantages of DVD or Blu Ray is bonus behind the scenes interviews, documentaries or featurettes. For example fun to see how stage was designed and props are quickly changed between acts, seeing fun personal side of singers etc
    Yes I love those extras.


    Anyhoo

    Just finished watching



    Absolutely brilliant singing & acting, totally believable & I adored it. Villazón & Netrebko are the perfect Nemorino & Adina.

    I love Rolando & hope one day he'll get back to how he was.
    Ann

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Now if that version was on DVD I would certainly get it.


    Just finished watching



    Absolutely brilliant singing & acting, totally believable & I adored it. Villazón & Netrebko are the perfect Nemorino & Adina.

    I love Rolando & hope one day he'll get back to how he was.
    Yes an absolute delight, sparkling production.......Anna is such a ray of light

    One Elixir DVD that does not work well for me is the "odd couple" of superstars Pavarotti and Battle, best left on CD and your imagination, DVD looks like a mismatch in real life , not really believeable (yes I am cruel)


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