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  1. Opera on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
    I have a decent collection of Fidelio CD sets (and all of the Leonores available). But I am wondering if I am missing any really good ones. I am thinking that I really have to get the one conducted by Bohm with Gwyneth Jones. Here is what I have listed by conductor / Leonore Fidelio (first...
  2. Opera
    This can be singers from the past or present. It must be a role that they have never sung or, in the case of singers from the past, one which they may have sung but of which there is no recording available. I'm not sure if this thread has been done before but I did a quick search and I couldn't...
  3. Opera
    I have a feeling it has rarely been sung. Does anyone know of anyone who sang the high Eb in the Triumphal March of Aida?
  4. Opera
    what are some pet peeves you have with certain performances, productions, vocal trends, etc? I'll start with a few that bother me: 1) soprano Carmens 2) tenors without at least a reasonably strong middle voice 3) casting of singers whose timbre does not match the role they are playing at all...
  5. Classical Music Discussion
    Last night, after feeding the woodstove at 3 a.m., I found myself humming to myself the central section of the "Jupiter" movement of Holst's "The Planets." This is a stately, but rather meandering, processional that rather fits the head god, that was later used to set a patriotic British hymn...
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