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Offline k a rl h e nn i ng

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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #760 on: July 26, 2018, 08:35:13 AM »
Was I too elliptical?

Anyone recommend a production of Candide on bluray or DVD?  TIA
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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #761 on: July 27, 2018, 05:01:14 AM »
Was I too elliptical?

Anyone recommend a production of Candide on bluray or DVD?  TIA

Well, since no-one else is jumping in, looking at my Netflix ratings, I gave the "Live from Lincoln Center" semi-concert version (Paul Groves, Kristen Chenowith, Patt LuPone, Thomas Allen, Marin Alsop conducting) 5 stars. 3 stars to a version from the Teatro Argentina, conducted by John DeMain. It's been years since I saw either, so I can't explain my ratings. The overall Netflix ratings for them are 3.6 and 2.6 starts, respectively.

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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #762 on: July 27, 2018, 05:05:51 AM »
Thanks.
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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #763 on: July 27, 2018, 05:07:39 AM »
Thanks.

You're welcome. I came back to say that I usually prefer to just listen to either the Broadway OC recording, or the New York City Opera "opera house" version.
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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #764 on: July 27, 2018, 05:21:02 AM »
Cheers!
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Re: Opera on DVD
« Reply #765 on: August 29, 2018, 06:01:34 AM »
Idly searching Amazon for DVDs I stumbled across this:



Now I confess my heart gave a little flutter, for, being an old romantic softie, La Rondine is one of my very favourite operas, even allowing for the disappointing last act. I have more than enough DVDs of it for any sensible person, and yet, here is another. There is a video of highlights here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3muaoD0zVo

Now I am troubled by the three faceless white gentlemen, who seem to have no place in any sane construction of Puccini's gorgeous romantic extravaganza. I suppose they are supposed to represent the shades of Magda's previous lovers: subtlety of the slam-dunk-gotcha! variety. They look horribly obtrusive, but oh it sounds wonderful.

Has anyone seen it all the way through? Did it make you weep real tears?

Or did the white gentlemen drive you suicidal? Or could you live with them?