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Conducting in Opera Recordings

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I imagine most opera lovers have favorite recordings of their favorite operas determined in large part by the singers. How big a role does the conducting play for you? Are there recordings that are at least partly spoiled for you by the conducting despite an excellent cast? Conversely are there recordings that are elevated for you by exceptional conducting?
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This is going to sound terrible, but I couldn't care less who the singers are. Golden voices of the past don't make a whit of difference to me. It's all about the pacing and sound - so I go for at least stereo recordings, and then who's on the podium. Nina listed some favorites, but I'd add Varviso and Mehta. Probably Maazel, too. His Trittico is pretty impressive as are the Ravel operas.
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