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  1. Opera
    Hello, I have this album of Madama Butterfly. I'm trying to work out the year. I believe it would be 1933. Would that be correct? I see various versions of this on different labels. There are 16 records, numbered from C7397 onwards. Margaret Sheridan is the soprano. They look in very good...
  2. Opera
    Can anyone here tell me why, in some performances and recordings of Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton is referred to by Cio-Cio-San as "B.F. Pinkerton" and other times as "F.B. Pinkerton"? I'm thinking the switch must have to do with something like the Japanese language...
  3. Opera
    It's not out yet but here is the trailer just in case you haven't heard: What are your opinions on this movie and would you want to watch it when it comes out?
  4. Opera
    Inspired by the similar thread on Wagner's major works. Here's my list: 1. Fanciulla 2. Il tabarro 3. Turanodt 4. Gianni Schicchi 5. Madama Butterfly 6. La rondine 7. La boheme 8. Suor Angelica 9. Tosca 10. Manon Lescaut I counted the three Trittico operas separately; if they were counted as...
  5. Opera
    Happy Birthday Puccini! Like all great opera composers, Puccini had many strengths and some weaknesses. But if all the noise about him being shallow, empty, and a backward looking musician were true, he wouldn't still be bankrolling virtually every opera company in the world over one hundred...
  6. Opera
    I'm always defending and promoting Puccini. I think his critics often have no idea what they're talking about, and simply assume that because he wasn't just another Modernist, he was a conservative, bourgeois composer bent on making money and not masterpieces. His popularity is the only and...
  7. Opera
    Hello. I didn't see any threads dealing with Puccini's Il Trittico operas in particular. What recordings, audio or video do you reccomend? Maybe recordings of the individual operas?
  8. Opera
    That's what opera's all about, right? Well, not always. But it's what it should be about. I'm thinking of examples in which the music truly embodies the story told in the libretto, and enriches it too. I just wanted to give two of my favorite examples and invite others to give theirs or comment...
  9. Opera
    Hello! I am happy to anounce the final step of our project: the full performance of Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca" is avaliable to watch for free from Sunday, April 07th. 2019 on YouTube. It is new for everybody, please tell your opinion, your reactions and thougts are important to us. You can...
  10. Classifieds
    Revitalized Classics: Pavarotti's Debut in Genuine Stereo! Now available for download only in the EU and UK at https://revitalizedclassics.co.uk/collections/digital-downloads-for-sale-in-the-eu-and-uk/products/pavarotti-debut-in-genuine-stereo The video is a sample of Track 10: "Puccini - La...
  11. Classifieds
    Hello, I've remastered the gala performance at Covent Garden on June 8, 1926 celebrating Dame Nellie Melba's farewell. Performed by Dame Nellie Melba, Jane Bourguignan, John Brownlee, Aurora Rettore, Frederic Collier and Edouard Cotreuil. The orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden...
  12. Identifying Classical Music
    Hi :) Can you please help me indentify this Puccini piece? I recorded this little piece in Pantheon in Rome back in 2017 - I think it sounds amazing! https://www49.online-convert.com/dl/web2/download-file/8e53b598-59f3-42b7-b3b8-cd6a0c4d73fe/Pantheon.mp3 Many thanks in advance! Best regards...
  13. New Member Introductions
    Saluti from Ohio. I'm recently retired and want to spend much more time listening to music. I am looking for some great streaming radio stations so I can expand my fairly unadventurous but yet divine collection. Some of the words that pop into my head are Mahler, Puccini, cello, Franck...
  14. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    GP is one of my favorite opera composers. And must surely be one of the greatest opera composers of all times. But there are many different opinion about that. Many don't think much of his works and suggest that Wagner and Verdi are way ahead in scale, invention and dramatic characterization...
  15. Opera
    You just can't leave out Puccini! Your favorite scene or moment. Mine is the Poker Scene in Fanciulla del West
  16. Opera
    OK... I don't know if there is serious debate over this topic, but I have thought about it for the last several hours, and I was wondering what you all thought. So this is my question: Massenet's Manon or Puccini's Manon Lescaut? Which is better? And why?
  17. Opera
    Truly a masterpiece of our ages. Now if we can get the Met to perform this anti-operatic opera. And much more dramatic than Puccini to my ears :). J/k It's different but menacing in a harrowing way. Worth a listen folks.
  18. Opera
    Like the title says, who is Opera's greatest villain and why? Sure there is Hagen but he was only carrying out the family honour, where Pinkerton is a fiend!
  19. Classical Music Discussion
    I already posted a Puccini thread over on the Opera forum, which got a little testy. That thread was supposed to be a look at whether this composer should get a little reevaluation in critical circles. I thought it would be interesting to see what the people on the straight classical music...
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