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Opera recommendations?

Posted: February 3rd, 2004, 5:51 pm
by exotiq
The Met in New York has recently revived my interest in Opera to an additiction, and I must say they have the best performance of Rigoletto I have seen.Any Wilmotter ideas, top picks for must-see performaces? Opera houses I haven't been to but plan on include Paris, Sydney, and La Scala, but please share any experiences or recommendations...

Opera recommendations?

Posted: February 3rd, 2004, 6:51 pm
by James
stop me now!opera is far more addictive than heroin, once you learn about it.wilmotters, retreat to punk rock now! stop! do not look at this thread! sub-optimal life curve ahead when you aquire this addiction!okay, i got tickets this year to the full cycle at bayreuth. plus parsifal.am i amped?melt overdose does not describe my ecstacy.my wife, BTW, (and now you all) think I'm nuts.now thread topic changes: what favorite version of aria la wally? commit, explain why?<BTW paris is (IMHO) sub-standard now> sorry, true.stop me now! arrrgghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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Posted: February 3rd, 2004, 7:11 pm
by Marsden
Related question:I've reviewed about a dozen different versions of "O Mio Babbino Caro" and I've decided that Tiri Ke Tanawa's is the best. There were a couple others that were very nearly as good, some more that were okay, and a few that should never have been recorded.What do people who really know opera (as I do not) and who do not have tin ears (as I do) think about my conclusion? Is there a better version?

Opera recommendations?

Posted: February 3rd, 2004, 7:17 pm
by Hamilton
QuoteOriginally posted by: MarsdenRelated question:I've reviewed about a dozen different versions of "O Mio Babbino Caro" and I've decided that Tiri Ke Tanawa's is the best. There were a couple others that were very nearly as good, some more that were okay, and a few that should never have been recorded.What do people who really know opera (as I do not) and who do not have tin ears (as I do) think about my conclusion? Is there a better version?Dawn Upshaw - Soprano Extraordinaire

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Posted: February 3rd, 2004, 7:27 pm
by Nonius
see Lulu....it is like a hit of Acid, or the Tales of Kaufmann maybe I am mispelling.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2004, 7:33 pm
by Marsden
Ms. Upshaw seems not to have recorded "O Mio Babbino Caro" according to her discography. Perhaps my simple question was too confusing for some to understand.Work on that pelling, Nonius.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2004, 7:34 pm
by Nonius
QuoteOriginally posted by: MarsdenMs. Upshaw seems not to have recorded "O Mio Babbino Caro" according to her discography. Perhaps my simple question was too confusing for some to understand.Work on that pelling, Nonius.I'm busy with some cooking....sorry dude.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2004, 7:37 pm
by LongTheta
QuoteOriginally posted by: exotiqOpera houses I haven't been to but plan on include Paris, Sydney, and La Scala, but please share any experiences or recommendations...Opera is a national passtime in Italy. You don't need to go to Milano for that. You can have great evenings at the Opera in small places such as Trieste. You can buy tickets all the way up in the balcony very cheaply, and keep on going back every night throughout the season, if you wish to. A great and affordable way to learn a lot.Yes, Opera is very addictive. Particularly the great Italian ones.

Opera recommendations?

Posted: February 3rd, 2004, 7:44 pm
by Nonius
QuoteOriginally posted by: LongThetaQuoteOriginally posted by: exotiqOpera houses I haven't been to but plan on include Paris, Sydney, and La Scala, but please share any experiences or recommendations...Opera is a national passtime in Italy. You don't need to go to Milano for that. You can have great evenings at the Opera in small places such as Trieste. You can buy tickets all the way up in the balcony very cheaply, and keep on going back every night throughout the season, if you wish to. A great and affordable way to learn a lot.Yes, Opera is very addictive. Particularly the great Italian ones.screw the opera (I get dragged into it too often, though I must say that Lulu is a trip), I prefer Ballet.......did I spell that right? Or, a good Jazz gig on a few Mexican stems in Amsterdam....nothing better than that.

Opera recommendations?

Posted: February 3rd, 2004, 7:45 pm
by Hamilton
QuoteOriginally posted by: MarsdenMs. Upshaw seems not to have recorded "O Mio Babbino Caro" according to her discography. Perhaps my simple question was too confusing for some to understand.Work on that pelling, Nonius.You may have noticed that Dawn Upshaw is a soprano.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2004, 7:46 pm
by Nonius
QuoteOriginally posted by: NoniusQuoteOriginally posted by: LongThetaQuoteOriginally posted by: exotiqOpera houses I haven't been to but plan on include Paris, Sydney, and La Scala, but please share any experiences or recommendations...Opera is a national passtime in Italy. You don't need to go to Milano for that. You can have great evenings at the Opera in small places such as Trieste. You can buy tickets all the way up in the balcony very cheaply, and keep on going back every night throughout the season, if you wish to. A great and affordable way to learn a lot.Yes, Opera is very addictive. Particularly the great Italian ones.screw the opera (I get dragged into it too often, though I must say that Lulu is a trip), I prefer Ballet.......did I spell that right? Or, a good Jazz gig on a few Mexican stems in Amsterdam....nothing better than that.speaking of dance, there's this Japanese group that is incredible....what was the name? something like Sankai Juku or something.....

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Posted: February 3rd, 2004, 7:53 pm
by Marsden
I noticed that she's a soprano who apparently has not recorded "O Mio Babbino Caro."What are you cooking, Nonius? I'd be interested someday in finding out what makes you think that your lentil soup is the best in the world as you once claimed, and particularly what makes you think it's better than mine.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2004, 7:56 pm
by James
"see Lulu....it is like a hit of Acid, or the Tales of Kaufmann maybe I am mispelling."Lulu's best songs are: "To Sir with Love" and " Best of Both Worlds."

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Posted: February 3rd, 2004, 8:00 pm
by Nonius
QuoteOriginally posted by: MarsdenI noticed that she's a soprano who apparently has not recorded "O Mio Babbino Caro."What are you cooking, Nonius? I'd be interested someday in finding out what makes you think that your lentil soup is the best in the world as you once claimed, and particularly what makes you think it's better than mine.my lentil soup days are long gone my friend. this is a result of moving up into the high society of risk management and the negotiation of an aging body......the ratio of explosive farts to each lentil bean grows exponentially as you grow older. No, I am almost strictly a meataterian. and a wine-a-terian, also known as wino. I cooked veal chops in a very light extra virgin olive oil and a tad of butter, accompanied by a few Provencal spices. I can't spell provencal properly because I don't have the right keyboard and, well, I am, as it were, heavily enjoying a very nice 94 Pomerol now. I also pan fried some eggplant and red bell pepper. that is all.

Opera recommendations?

Posted: February 3rd, 2004, 8:01 pm
by Nonius
QuoteOriginally posted by: James"see Lulu....it is like a hit of Acid, or the Tales of Kaufmann maybe I am mispelling."Lulu's best songs are: "To Sir with Love" and " Best of Both Worlds."James, you opera geek.