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  1. Opera
    Be honest. There are some (many?) operas you watch or listen to, only because you're interested in one or two particular things. Moments, scenes, arias, or maybe you just want to see how something is staged. The rest of it, you don't give as much of crap about. For me: Aida: 1) To see...
  2. Opera
    I adore both Maria Callas and Mozart. But the two seem to have a rather distant relationship. ;) This kind of relationship is what makes it an interesting topic of discussion. Callas sang only one Mozart role on stage in her entire career: Constanze in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail...
  3. Opera
    Netflix and other sources have enabled me to see quite a few operas on DVD you're extremely unlikely to see live anywhere , among them, in no particular order : Giuseppe Gazzaniga : Don Giovanni Tenorio (The other Don Giovanni ! ) Siegfried Wagner : Der Kobold (The goblin ) Vaughan Williams...
  4. Opera
    Seen not listen to, aka, you have to have seen it live. Controversial, but I have to say Don Giovanni. Maybe because I prefer sung through Romantic opera. There are many things to commend Don Giovanni, the stronglyconstructed characters.The last scene with the banquet and the statue. But I...
  5. Opera
    So I am a self professed Verdi fanatic. I am wishing to not be a completist due to expense and time to listen to it all. That said I don't want to miss anything worthwhile. With my wonderful Don Carlo purchase I have all of the important works, including his Requiem. I thought I was done once...
  6. Opera on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
    So Don Carlos/Carlo is the last Verdi opera that I definitely need for my collection Anyway, so as for which Don is the great question. My eyes are on the two Placido Domingos (by Abaddo and Guilini). I'm also considering the Solti with Tebaldi and Bergonzi. Probably leaning towards the latter...
  7. Opera
    Hi everyone, I've got a spare ticket for Don Giovanni tonight at ROH with Christopher Maltman, Aex Esposito, Michele Angelini, Dorothea Röschmann, Albina Shagimaturova, Nahuel di Pierro and Julia Lezhneva. Only £10, reduced from £84 'cos I'm a student - but you don't have to be!! Private...
  8. Opera
    I hope Itullian doesn't mind his idea being extended. Your favourite Verdi scene or moment? Let's try to make a single instance per post rather than lists. To kick things off.... From Don Carlo O Don Fatale by Princess Eboli The great stage-to-herself three part aria with a grand high note...
  9. Opera
    I am new to opera and loaned out a DVD of Don Giovanni from my public library. I didn't read carefully the synopsis and production notes until I checked it out. The production was by Peter Sellars 1989. It is set in Harlem and a very bleak, inner city, ugly production. The casting of Don...
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