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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.

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1907 on: March 29, 2020, 06:25:36 PM »
Cross post from the  main listening thread

Listening to an opera by Wagner I never heard before



Honestly, this sounds nothing like the Wagner we know. Much more like an early Verdi opera sung for no obvious reason in German. A rather mediocre  Verdi opera, I might add.

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1908 on: March 31, 2020, 01:23:54 PM »
Just finished watching this (hat tip to Spineur):


I had been after this DVD for quite a while, but it was OOP. A used copy surfaced recently at an affordable price at anAmaxon MP seller and I grabbed it right away. The production stages the Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Jeux as telling the pre-story of The Fall of the House of Usher as ballets. The intended storyline is not easy to grasp (for me at least), but there is a unity to the whole thing that works quite well. The important thing IMO, though, is that this makes a very compelling case for the reconstructed and orchestrated (by Richard Orledge) La chute de la maison d’Usher. An opera which, even if devoid of any action as such, and at times almost a monologue for the character Roderick, works very well dramatically in its conciseness, and has some rather effective music. How much if it is echt-Debussy is hard to tell—perhaps I should listen to the piano excerpts included in the Warner box for comparison—but that doesn’t really matter, because the end result is an arresting piece of music theatre that well could have been penned in its entirety by Debussy.
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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #1909 on: April 01, 2020, 09:40:15 AM »
Hi Rafael !

I am happy that you liked this staged performance.  The staging suits "Jeux" best I found, with the mirrors and light effects with the drapes, it is indeed a visual games that fits Debussy well.  In the Edgar Poe book,  Roderick recalls his childhood friend, as a dream, but in this staged reconstruction, he is a real actor&singer.  With the dancers, it adds a bit of life which is good !