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  1. Opera
    This aria was originally written for Maria Malibran, a mezzo with a huge extension on top. Many find it hard to believe that Joan Sutherland trained initially as a mezzo soprano. At this point in her career she did indeed have a big, rich and very beautiful lower part to her voice. If you doubt...
  2. Opera
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/arts/music/met-opera-semiramide-review.html I saw this and was impressed. How long since we have had a voice of any size in this role??? Questions: 1. She hit the high E, which I didn't know she had. It was very nice, but her very top doesn't sound to me on the...
  3. Opera
    The TC Top 200 Recommended Operas (2015 version) Facilitated by Faustian NOTE: This list was produced in 2015 and is a companion list to the one produced in 2010-2011 1. Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen 2. Mozart: Don Giovanni 3. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde 4. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro 5...
  4. Solved Cases (archive)
    I recorded a youth orchestra playing this piece near Rossini's remains at Basilica di Santa Croce di Firenze. I assume it is Rossini. Any help is appreciated.
  5. Opera
    It's all subjective of course, but judging by the conversations here, some of our favourite operas don't even make the TC top 100... and some don't even make the list at all. Any neglected works you think should be more widely known? I look forward to reading about some gems to discover. Here's...
  6. Orchestral Music
    Any suggestions for a good version of Rossini overtures? I have recently obtained them in full score; and want to study them? Did Collin Davis ever record any?
  7. Opera
    Which of these 3 Rossini comedies is your favorite or think is the best of the 3? I love them. :) :tiphat:
  8. Classical Music Discussion
    Haydn, Mozart and Rossini for me. Seem like fun, interesting guys.:)
  9. Opera
    I loaned out the DECCA DVD 1996 Houston Symphony with Bartoli, Dara, Gimenez, Corbelli and Pertusi over the weekend. This was my first Rossini opera to be viewed. The DVD did not come with a libretto, only a synopsis of the acts. The subtitles were available in English. I was impressed with...
  10. Off Topic Pub
    I want to convince my brother to do something classical music related, but honestly my knowledge of actual Italian composers is limited to,Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Rossini, and Verdi, and I don't know much about any of them, is there something we could do classical music wise when there?
  11. Opera on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
    Yes, Rossini, the seldom mentioned one, as far as I can tell. I'm scratching around, trying to dig myself out of mere knowledge of the Barber and isolated overtures and arias from other operas. So I'm getting the 1972 Guillaume Tell cd as I posted elsewhere. But are there other recordings or...
  12. Opera
    I had a dream -- Crazy dream. I was at the opera watching The Barber of Seville in a very bizarre form. Here is what happened: The action was updated to the 1960's. Fiorello, Count Almaviva's servant, looked like Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and carried a wind-up flashlight instead of a...
  13. Classical Music Discussion
    Take a look at the new series I have created for my violin students in Richmond, Virginia and let me know what you think. I welcome you to listen to the music and join in the discussion. http://www.timothyjuddviolin.com/2011/10/31/join-the-listeners-club/
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