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Offline Tsaraslondon

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #2760 on: October 24, 2021, 01:50:45 AM »


I normally avoid Bartoli, but the rest of the cast, save for the rather weak Eustazio of Daniel Taylor, is excellent and David Daniels, at his mid career best, is superb. Wonderful performances too from Bernarda Fink, Luba Organasova and Gerald Finley, but Hogwood, as so often in opera, can be a bit stiff.

Actually Bartoli doesn't  get that much to do in the role of Almirena, though she does get the opera's big hit number Lascia ch'io pianga, a gorgeous piece, which is marred here for me by the explosive way she rolls her r's.

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #2761 on: October 24, 2021, 05:20:06 PM »
Crosspost from WAYLT2

One of several operas I found at a used CD/book store in Fort Lauderdale.

The libretto is adapted from a tragedy by Racine (Andromaque). Composed for Naples in 1819, it was a failure and never revived until the modern era. The only other recordings are one from Opera Rara and a live recording from a 1987 performance with Montserrat Caballe and Marilyn Horne. This Scimone recording was made in 1988. Total timing is almost exactly 2 hours.
Music is typical Rossini skillfullness, singers seem good. Recommended if you find it at a suitable price.

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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #2762 on: October 25, 2021, 03:49:48 AM »

I normally avoid Bartoli, but the rest of the cast, save for the rather weak Eustazio of Daniel Taylor, is excellent and David Daniels, at his mid career best, is superb. Wonderful performances too from Bernarda Fink, Luba Organasova and Gerald Finley, but Hogwood, as so often in opera, can be a bit stiff.


I do as well. Wonderful agile singer, but she too often are too hectic and aggressive. She often simply wears me out.

Now listening to an opera I never heard complete before. Dessay is outstanding as usual.


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Re: What Opera Are You Listening to Now?
« Reply #2763 on: October 25, 2021, 06:50:35 AM »
I do as well. Wonderful agile singer, but she too often are too hectic and aggressive. She often simply wears me out.

Now listening to an opera I never heard complete before. Dessay is outstanding as usual.



I have the Mady Mesplé recording, which the BBC's Building a Library programme named as top choice. It was Mady Mesplé's signature role and she sang it all over. Worth investigating too, if you enjoyed the opera.

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