Started by marvinbrown, April 20, 2007, 12:50:59 PM
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Quote from: mc ukrneal on December 19, 2013, 04:43:44 PMI am happy with many Otellos, though I think Domingo is probably my favorite. He was certainly consistently good in the role that seemed to suit his voice well. I love the end of Act I when he sings with Scotto on the RCA version. Divine!
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on December 20, 2013, 12:26:00 AMPost war, there was Mario Del Monaco (not especially subtle, but with the right voice for the role), Vickers and then Domingo. Who is today's great Otello?
Quote from: Fafner on December 20, 2013, 01:20:46 AMI was really disappointed with Botha as Otello in the recent MET HD broadcast. He is probably the best Lohengrin today, but his Otello was really flat and lifeless.
Quote from: Moonfish on May 29, 2014, 12:46:36 PMTime for a Verdi session!Any suggestions on other prime versions of Macbeth? I really enjoyed Warren's voice in this particular performance. Verdi: Macbeth Warren/Rysanek/Bergonzi/Hines/Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus/Leinsdorf (1959)[asin] B000003ENG[/asin]from[asin] B00BI7EY88[/asin]
Quote from: knight66 on May 30, 2014, 01:50:34 PMI have tried various versions, but Abbado is my favourite version, great singing and conducting. The sound is still fresh. Mike
Quote from: knight66 on June 07, 2014, 02:47:48 PMVerdi: Macbeth in English on Chandos: Keenlyside, Brindley Sherratt, Latonia Moore, Gwyn Hughes Jones. ENO Orchestra, Edward Gardner. ...I have always thought it a pity that Verdi wrote the witches and murders as chorus parts: the first, because three witches with Macbeth and Banquo would have made for a terrific intimate scene of drama instead of the rather public crowd rum-ti-tum stuff we get... Although based on Shakespeare the translation does not try to echo him significantly. The English is designed primarily for clear singing. In this the work of the chorus may as well be in Italian, but the soloists do well...Mike
Quote from: knight66 on June 15, 2014, 01:05:20 AMI cannot remember which opera it was, it was Verdi, but listening in English bits sounded like Gilbert and Sullivan. It was not a happy connection. I thought the translation was fine, plain, but the l language was direct.Mike
Quote from: Moonfish on November 10, 2014, 07:09:57 AMVerdi: Rigoletto Moffo/Merrill/Kraus/Elias/Flagello/RCA Italiana Opera Chorus & Orchestra/Solti Excellent version of one of my favorite Verdi operas! Somehow Rigoletto became more enjoyable after I took in a staged version on a dvd. It was fantastic. The imagery of the staging blended with the music so now any Rigoletto triggers the enjoyable experience. This Solti version was very good with wonderful singing from Moffo and Merrill. Solti's orchestra embraced the performance. I am still looking for my #1, but this one and a version with Callas would qualify as my current contenders. Such a sad story!
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on November 12, 2014, 02:51:00 PMI do like Kraus's stylish Duke on this recording, but can't stand Solti in Verdi, so the Callas/Gobbi recording with Serafin at the helm still wins for me.
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