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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1900 on: March 25, 2020, 04:58:31 PM »
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Sancta Susanna, Op. 21
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1901 on: March 25, 2020, 04:59:39 PM »
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That’s a good one !!

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1902 on: March 25, 2020, 05:02:41 PM »
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1903 on: March 26, 2020, 11:11:17 AM »
Crosspost again

Continuing on with Toscanini's Verdi


From two1949 broadcast performances--on TV, apparently.  That may be why the sound is somewhat better than usual for recordings of that vintage

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1904 on: March 26, 2020, 11:26:54 AM »
I cannot compare as I only have the Minkowski, but I find it a pure delight. Let us know what you think.

Belatedly... ::)



This version is excellently produced. Everything in it is first rate. The female voices, esp. Mireille Delunsch as Jenny are particularly beautiful. Rockwell Blake is very good, with impeccable diction. In the patter dialogues he is replaced by another tenor, but I didn’t notice anything unnatural.

La Dame blanche is a fount of good tunes, with a couple of earworms that remain obstinately in the mind. Even Tintin knew it !

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1905 on: March 26, 2020, 05:04:24 PM »
Yes, the singers are superb.  Boieldieu rushed the orchestration to be ready in time.  This is the opera weakness.
Just before all theaters got silenced, the Opera Comique did a new production of La dame blanche which I unfortunately did not see (Instead, I went to see Manon with Pretty Yende and Benjamin Bernheim)
This is the short teaser,

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/ooyFmMyZb7M" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/ooyFmMyZb7M</a>

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1906 on: March 26, 2020, 07:40:48 PM »


Bloch composed his opera a mere 8 years after Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. As french operas go, it is aesthetically and musically its polar opposite. Bloch’s music is colourful in the extreme, and he is not afraid to take the singers into overt displays of histrionics. Dramatically it is compactly built, with scenes and tableaux neatly linked for a continuous narrative.

The performance is excellent, despite some pronounced accents (Lady Macbeth’s French is sometimes incomprehensible). The vocal acting though is absolutely thrilling. The last scene in particular (the walking forest) is hair-raising in its intensity. Live performance, no audience noise, excellent sound. Notes but no libretto, just a synopsis. It’s quite easy to follow as the action follows the well-known play closely. This Capriccio release sells for a very reasonable price. Strongly recommended.