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  1. Puccini: Turandot

    by , Oct-17-2015 at 22:33 (I was cured, all right!)


    Andrea Bocelli / Zubin Mehta / Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana / Jennifer Wilson
    Puccini: Turandot
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    Updated Aug-26-2017 at 19:02 by eljr

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    Classical Music , Opera
  2. Porgy And Bess - The Jazz Version

    This installment of Once Upon the Internet looks at a 1950's studio version of Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess, featuring singers Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, which I uploaded years ago from (as I re all) a Russian site.

    The Porgy discography is vast - from the 1940's "original cast" recording, the soundtrack to the Otto Preminger feature film, to large opera productions by established opera companies, with "concept albums" inspired from the Gershwin work,
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  3. Sutherland's First TRAVIATA: An Appreciation

    In 1962 Joan Sutherland, then at the beginning of a great career, recorded her first Violetta in La Traviata. The note-complete recording was conducted by John Pritchard, and with Sutherland in the cast were Carlo Bergonzi as Alfredo and Robert Merrill as Germont. Whatever its initial reception, this Traviata has seldom in recent times been high on the list of recommended recordings of Verdi’s middle-period masterpiece; almost inevitably, Sutherland’s second recording (1979, under Richard
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    Updated Jan-14-2018 at 05:53 by Bellinilover

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    Classical Music , Opera , Recorded Music
  4. Discovering Opera via Timeline #2 - Adriano Banchieri's "La Pazzia Senile" (1598)

    One more proto-opera before I get to the real thing. “La Pazzia Senile” by Adriano Banchieri is another notable madrigal comedy. It precedes what may be the first true opera, Peri’s “Euridice” by two years.
    A brief “plot” summary will show at least a superficial relationship with Vecchi’s “L’Amfiparnaso”, again using elements of the Commedia dell’arte. Once more, Pantalone moons over a woman of dubious repute (this time Lauretta instead of Hortensia). He also again has a daughter (Doralice
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    Classical Music , Opera
  5. Die Fledermaus

    This is the eighth of Pierre's Twelve Days of Blogging.

    What if you had to go to jail on New Year's Eve - what would you do?

    Party, of course!

    That's essentially the plot for the Johann Strauss operetta DIe Fledermaus (The bat). There's of course love, flirtations, drinking and the great music of Strauss! What else could you ask for?

    Austrians have a long tradition of welcoming the New Year with a performance of Die Fledermaus. Musical
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    Updated Dec-31-2011 at 14:30 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Opera
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