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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2012 21:30:18 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2012 20:04:40 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
A wonderful complete performance.

Pagliacci (Jon Vickers, Raina Kabaivanskfeature=g-all-lika, Peter Glossop, Rolando Panerai; 06.1968)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWMfHGyOmrA&

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2012 19:15:47 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
A glorious complete performance from 1980.

Donizetti - Lucezia Borgia - Joan Sutherland - Alfredo Kraus - Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_k41EfT5gA&feature=em-uploademail

Posted on 8 Sep 2012 09:56:37 BDT
Bjoerling's is my favourite tenor voice of all time. I will be pleasantly flabbergasted if I ever hear another tenor whose voice I enjoy more.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2012 03:52:32 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
I will be a heretic . From 2:55 to 4:30 NO GREAT TENOR is singing. It is a GOD.
Giacomo Puccini 3. Manon Lescaut act4 pt1 Jussi Bjoerling & Hjordis Schymberg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGtOq_ElPFY

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2012 03:20:44 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
They do not make 'em like this today or if they do they are hidden very well.

1930 recording with the Bayerischen Staatsoper under Julius Prüwer. IMO an amazing performance.
Fidelio - Alfred Piccaver
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLpJdczw-_w&feature=plcp

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If I think my TEAR DUCTS need work I just play this.
ALFRED PICCAVER SINGS ROSES OF PICARDY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxAJcBmKqkI

Alfred Piccaver was born in England in 1884. But his formative years were in the USA after his parents emigrated there when he was two. He enrolled at the Metropolitan School of Opera in 1905 and within 2 years was sent to Prague to study and gain European experience. His considerable talent gained him a contract with the Deutches Landestheater in Prague. By 1912 he had moved to Vienna and was a permanent member of the Vienna State Opera. He was a very popular artist there until the 1930s appearing in leading roles in all the major operatic productions. Puccini is said to have regarded him as the ideal Rodolfo.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2012 22:55:33 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
Italian tenor Giuseppe Lugo 1899 - 1980
Lugo was born in Rosolotti di Sona (14 kilometres from Verona), the son of a farmer. As a child his family moved to Belgium due to financial hardship. He was over forty years of age when the Italian impresarios discovered him.

In August 1937, he sang Cavaradossi at the Arena di Verona in front of 18,000 spectators. The Italians were over excited. A raving review of the night said: "Bepi Lugo (as he was called) was a prophet in his own country. He gave an encore of Recondita armonia and raised an endless ovation after emitting Vittoria in act II. For the andante E lucevan le stelle in act III, the encores were not enough to placate the enthusiastically vociferous public." It should be remembered that encores were forbidden in Italy at the time.

The great soprano Magda Olivero says in her memoirs: "Lugo had a stupendous voice. I sang La Boheme with him at the San Carlo. He was a handsome man with a beautiful voice. His voice was easily recognisable because of its fresh quality. He has recently been re-evaluated and his records re-issued. Unfortunately, he is no longer with us. The beauty of that voice! He was a singer whose brain was not on a par with his voice. Imagine that he suddenly stopped singing at the peak of his career.

Giuseppe Lugo - Che gelida manina - r.1939
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66xD8b1OEFs

giuseppe lugo , mattinata, ( leoncavallo )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctJHGuNtDmo

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2012 23:53:49 BDT
Nick says:
John; Glad you liked what you heard. I didn't know the YT link - what a marvellous aria. You can see why he premiered as Almaviva in Il Barbiere! If you don't know the Lili Boulanger it is a superb work. BUT, the only readily available version (which madly won a Gramophone award) is the good Yan Pascal Tortelier & reliable BBC PO but with the total unidiomatic Bonaventura Bottone straining away in his sub-italianate way at a role which absolutely needs Mallabrera's lyric French voice. How it could ever be conceived as an award-winning performance leaves me dumb-founded.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2012 22:48:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Sep 2012 22:55:46 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
Nick

What a glorious performance of a tenor unknown to me before today. Happily for my wallet her is decently represented on YT.

André Mallabrera La Dame Blanche Viens gentille dame
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRLWCOf6I0A

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2012 22:44:36 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Sep 2012 22:56:18 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
Although Ponchielli is not on my top 3 or top 10 Opera Composers lists, I will spend a small fortune
to see this fave of mine with a great cast like this. Aesthetically, sadly IMO there is no cast near this today. Financially that is a good thing.

Amilcare Ponchielli --La Gioconda

Anita Cerquetti.......Gioconda
Mario Del Monaco......Enzo Grimaldo
Ettore Bastianini.....Barnaba
Franca Sacchi.........La Cieca
Giulietta Simionato...Laura Adorno
Cesare Siepi..........Alvise Badoero
Giorgio Giorgetti.....Zuane
Athos Cesarini........Isepo
Guido Pasella.........Un Pilota
Edio Peruzzi..........Un Cantore

Orchestra e coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino --Conductor: Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Recorded, Luglio (July) 1957 --Teatro Comunale, Firenze.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks_f-BD8PPo

Posted on 5 Sep 2012 16:06:11 BDT
Nick says:
John; my absolute favourite french tenor is Andre Mallabrera. Apart from some appearance in Offenbach the best of all is Markevitch's recording of Lili Boulanger's gorgeous "Faust et Helene" The woman singing Helene is ghastly and the Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra are not having their finest hour but all is forgiven the moment Mallabrera opens his mouth. I've never tracked this down on CD and my old LP pops and splutters horribly.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2012 15:57:27 BDT
Piso Mojado says:
John Ruggeri -- Your "Salome" cast is the first time I've seen the character tenor Alessio de Paolis without baritone George Chehanovsky (sp??). I thought they were joined at the hip. There must have been no role left for George in Mitropoulos's "Salome". I have one with Hans Hotter as Jochenaan.

I remember one reviewer, I think John Steane, saying he never saw any tenor fail as Herod.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2012 05:06:18 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
Some Rossini

Rossini - Barbiere di Siviglia - Cecilia Bartoli - Gino Quilico (Gabriele Ferro) DVD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqZyO8-VS7U&feature=em-uploademail

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2012 02:17:34 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
Another complete performance. A role for which Jon Vickers was lauded. The playlist has a rehersal which 2nd Post is NOT part of this performance

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) --Peter Grimes, op. 33

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTP_WrhOL-E&feature=bf_prev&list=PLA6D63A58C68F2BD0

Peter Grimes - Jon Vickers
Ellen Orford - Heather Harper
Captain Balstrode - Jonathan Summers
Auntie - Elizabeth Bainbridge
First Niece - Teresa Cahill
Second Niece - Anne Pashley
Bob Boles - John Dobson
Swallow - Forbes Robinson
Mrs. Sedley - Patricia Payne
Rev. Horace Adams - John Lanigan
Ned Keene - Thomas Allen
Hobson - Richard Van Allan

Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden conducted by Sir Colin Davis

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2012 22:16:27 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
Now for Strauss folk:

Richard Strauss --Salome
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ablvLt06ihI

Salome - Inge Borkh
Jochanaan - Mack Harrell
Herodes - Ramón Vinay
Herodias - Blanche Thebom
Narraboth - Giulio Gari
Ein Page - Margaret Roggero
Erster Nazarener - William Wilderman
Zweiter Nazarener - Calvin Marsh
Erster Soldat - Norman Scott
Zweiter Soldat - Louis (Luigi) Sgarro
Ein Cappadocier - Osie Hawkins
Ein Sklave - Mildred Allen
Erster Jude - Gabor Carelli
Zweiter Jude - Robert Nagy
Dritter Jude - Alessio De Paolis
Vierter Jude - Paul Franke
Fünfter Jude - Lawrence Davidson

Orchestra - Metropolitan Opera --Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos --Recorded Live, 8 February 1958
New York.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2012 21:23:42 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
Another complete opera which is one of my All time favorite Operas.

Francesco Cilea --Adriana Lecouvreur

Adriana Lecouvreur - Montserrat Caballé
Maurizio - Plácido Domingo
Principe di Bouillon - Orazio Mori
Principessa di Bouillon - Janet Coster
Michonnet - Attilio D' Orazi
Quinault - Jacques Villisech
Poisson - Gérard Friedman
Mlle. Jouvenot - Claudie Sanevoi
Mlle. Dangeville - Emmy Greger
L'Abate di Chazeuil - Piero De Palma

Orchestre Lyrique de Radio France --Choeurs National de Radio France --Gianfranco Masini, conductor
Enregistrement public, 7 Avril 1975 --Salle Pleyel, Paris.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n5LR8axxgU&feature=em-uploademail

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2012 03:56:55 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
Another COMPLETE performance on YT
Richard Wagner
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Hans Sachs - Ferdinand Frantz
Veit Pogner - Kurt Böhme
Sixtus Beckmesser - Heinrich Pflanzl
Fritz Kothner - Karl Paul
Walther von Stolzing - Bernd Aldenhoff
David - Gerhard Unger
Eva - Tiana Lemnitz
Magdalena - Emilie Walter-Sacks
Nachtwächter - Werner Faulhaber
Kunz Vogelgesang - Johannes Kemter
Konrad Nachtigall - Kurt Legner
Ulrich Eisslinger - Heinrich Tessmer
Balthasar Zorn - Karl-Heinz Thomann
Augustin Moser - Gerhard Stolze
Hermann Ortel - Theo Adam
Hans Schwarz - Erich Handel
Hans Foltz - Werner Faulhaber

Orchestra - Dresdner Staatskapelle
Chorus - Dresdner Staatsoper
Rudolf Kempe, conductor
Recorded, 1951.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGhckUWonXo&feature=em-uploademail

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Sep 2012 22:33:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Sep 2012 22:35:07 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
Another complete pperformance on YT.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart --Die Zauberflöte (KV 620)

Tamino - Ernst Kozub
Papageno - Günther Ambrosius
Königin der Nacht - Erika Köth
Sprecher - Willy Wolff
Pamina - Elisabeth Grümmer
Sarastro - Gottlob Frick
Monostatos - Willy Hofmann
Papagena - Hanny Steffek
1er Geharnischter - Wilhelm Ernest
2er Geharnischter - Ludwig Welter

Orchestra & Chorus Hessischer Rundfunk -0Goerg Solti, conductor --Recorded, 1955.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0T1-lqT3xU&feature=em-uploademail

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Sep 2012 14:19:57 BDT
JayJayDee says:
Smart move, JR.
Massive culture-shot for minimum effort and expenditure.

'Way-to-go'.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Sep 2012 12:07:12 BDT
My dear John Ruggeri: You have an ally in me in recognising opera as the greatest genre of classical music. I too adore the voice above all other instruments (even the organ, with which I have a strange obsession).

For me, I was purely into orchestral solo instrumental classical music until about four years ago. Ever since, opera has pretty much taken over. To illustrate in my collecting and live performances: in any given new order, opera sets outnumber non-vocal discs about 9-1, and in terms of my live performances, my brother and I stick mainly to opera performances these days. Although we do cross-over to the concert hall at times. But only usually when big choral-orchestral works feature on the program.

With best wishes, Ryan

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2012 21:42:38 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
JJD

I do not upload or download I save the posts as favorites. I get emails when my preferred subscribers
@ 50 put something new on Youtube.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2012 19:51:39 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Sep 2012 19:53:02 BDT
JayJayDee says:
Has this happened through a dramatic improvement (increase) in the amount you're allowed to upload, John? I've never tried it myself. (Uploading, I mean!)
Having mentioned the 'snippets' issue I must admit I went and checked my download list from YouTube and find that some full length items are indeed included such as the complete Rachmaninov Trio Elegiaque (Vaiman, Serebryakov and Rostropovich). I downloaded that even though I already have the very same Leningrad Masters CD. Just to make comparisons with sound quality. It's really not bad at all. Soon YouTubewill put the mp3 download racket out of business with freebies of the same repertoire.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2012 18:56:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Sep 2012 01:50:25 BDT
John Ruggeri says:
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2012 08:42:51 BDT

JayJayDee says:

> enthusiast...Once you get onto Youtube it's so easy to be a butterfly around the myriad of postings.
But by definition they're mostly just snippets or appetizers.
Quite a lot of copyright breaches are going through that route, as well!
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JJD

In the last 1 1/2 years the time limits of YT posts have extended such that many operas are represented by Complete Versions.

Some samples

Maid of Orleans Preobrazhenskaya Khaikin Kirov 1946
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WefaXyp0qE&list=FLR-Sm913mIY5UUYRe2-Sozw&index=23&feature=plpp_video

Wagner - Tristan und Isolde, Bayreuth, 1928 - Karl Elmendorff
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PBSpplK-tE&feature=em-uploademail

Furtwängler, 1950 - Mozart, Don Giovanni, Gobbi / Welitsch / Schwarzkopf / Dermota / Seefried
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aRGSW_sZHg&feature=em-uploademail

Donizetti - La Fille du Régiment [Taped]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Xkbxko61Xg&feature=em-uploademail

Verdi, Otello, 1974 (LIve) Cossutta / Te Kanawa / Cappuccilli - Sir Charles Mackerras
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNwD0wTCjio&feature=plcp

Regards-John

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2012 13:00:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Sep 2012 13:09:33 BDT
Mandryka says:
Quite the opposite. When I tried to listen to opera like that when I was a kid I thought it was silly and couldn't see the point. My first really valuable and meaningful operatic experience was when a friend and I listened to the whole of Otello. I remember taking a translation of the libretto to read in bed and repeating the whole experience after breakfast the following morning.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2012 08:42:51 BDT
JayJayDee says:
> enthusiast...Once you get onto Youtube it's so easy to be a butterfly around the myriad of postings.
But by definition they're mostly just snippets or appetizers.
Quite a lot of copyright breaches are going through that route, as well!
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