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    Default Opera on YouTube

    I had a quick search but couldn't find a similar thread, so here it is....

    A place for little opera gems that you come across on YouTube

    To kick off I'll start with the lovely Anna Netrebko. I loved the way it took a few moments for the audience to realise what she was doing as she walked away from the mic and those few moments when she leans back and sings out into the audience just create an iconic image of an opera singer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhyY1...eature=related

    I would also add this clip from the same concert which just makes me smile every time I watch it... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXuTF...eature=related

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    Great thread.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIVhH...eature=related

    Trouble is with SK, he's an actor & find it's difficult to just 'stand & sing' at a concert.
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    All YouTube is useful for is checking fragments of recordings we want to purchase and we are not sure if they are worth of it. One can find some notable arias and stuff from the most famous productions and make up his mind. That's all, unless someone is listening to selected arias, not entire operas.

    I DOES THAT NOT. DAS NICHT GUT.

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    Rachele Gilmore's unscheduled, 4 hour advance notice Met debut (when the soprano she was the cover for, Kathleen Kim, was ill) of Olympia
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52ez_JQZc78
    Absolutely must watch in the highest res your computer can handle. The reactions of the cast when she hits an Ab (with several Gs as well) are almost infinitely rewatchable. Her voice needs a touch more polish, but what a debut! Seems the crowd thinks so as well -- a minute+ ovation that is still going strong when the video cuts off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    Rachele Gilmore's unscheduled, 4 hour advance notice Met debut (when the soprano she was the cover for, Kathleen Kim, was ill) of Olympia
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52ez_JQZc78
    Absolutely must watch in the highest res your computer can handle. The reactions of the cast when she hits an Ab (with several Gs as well) are almost infinitely rewatchable. Her voice needs a touch more polish, but what a debut! Seems the crowd thinks so as well -- a minute+ ovation that is still going strong when the video cuts off.
    Nice clip - Pretty lady too without all that makeup...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    Rachele Gilmore's unscheduled, 4 hour advance notice Met debut (when the soprano she was the cover for, Kathleen Kim, was ill) of Olympia
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52ez_JQZc78
    Holy Mackerel that is amazing!!
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    Not YouTube but a video anyway.

    Kaufmann looks underwhelmed but I love the shots of SK. He looks totally at home then can't resist a bit of Acting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Not YouTube but a video anyway.
    That is such fun. I read about this book on Opera Chic but it's more fun to see them in action.
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    I watch this video from time to time and find it absolutely astounding.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tOpVw4yY8Q
    I know opinions vary for Ms. Damrau, but seeing the evolution of her voice (and not seeing but inferring the tremendous amount of work that she must have put into it) is amazing. The first clip, her voice is no better than a decent high school singer, one who might make it into a high school musical but probably not as the lead. To go from that to, say, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPsVmHu_18Q is just ... wow.
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    Thanks Ian - a fascinating comparison & I think she's brilliant.

    And compare this early Flórez

    with

    this
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    All YouTube is useful for is checking fragments of recordings we want to purchase and we are not sure if they are worth of it. One can find some notable arias and stuff from the most famous productions and make up his mind. That's all, unless someone is listening to selected arias, not entire operas.

    I DOES THAT NOT. DAS NICHT GUT.
    While what you mentioned is part of what I use YouTube for, it's not all. YouTube is a great source for old records and for a way to connect with the great voices of the past that are not that accessible for the beginner unless the person wants to spend hundreds - make it thousands - of dollars in purchasing expensive old records and collectible items.

    By the way, there are entire operas on YouTube too, including, from productions that haven't been made commercially available yet. I recently saw a modern staging of Cosi fan Tutte in Salzburg that was uploaded in its entirety (in several chunks, of course) and it is not out on DVD yet. And there are entire documentaries, interviews with opera singers, and so forth.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Just to drag this thread back to life, one of my favourite singers... Victoria de los Angeles sings Una voce poco fa...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7W5fScBRQ0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    All YouTube is useful for is checking fragments of recordings we want to purchase and we are not sure if they are worth of it. One can find some notable arias and stuff from the most famous productions and make up his mind. That's all, unless someone is listening to selected arias, not entire operas.

    I DOES THAT NOT. DAS NICHT GUT.
    Before I discovered Met Player I watched the whole of the Batttle/Raimondi Nozze because that was the only place to find it. Same with Domingo as Siegmund and countless other jewels not available elsewhere.

    I DOES THAT. DAS SEHR SEHR GUT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Before I discovered Met Player I watched the whole of the Batttle/Raimondi Nozze because that was the only place to find it. Same with Domingo as Siegmund and countless other jewels not available elsewhere.

    I DOES THAT. DAS SEHR SEHR GUT.
    I second it. Anyway, any thread that starts with my Anna is a great thread.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    All YouTube is useful for is checking fragments of recordings we want to purchase and we are not sure if they are worth of it.
    I use youtube for exactly this, too. I have zero tolerance for Eurotrash, and youtube is a great source to check that (the amazon reviews usually also give some impression of what one is up against, but they are not always reliable).

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