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Bellini’s Norma 1973 Album Review

Ah, Madame Beverly Sills and Madame Shirley Verrett. Now that I took a gander at Madame Sutherland’s and Madame Horne’s readings of these iconic Bellini heroines, how did Beverly Sills’s pristine and silvery vocal technique and Shirley Verrett’s aristocratic, stylish, and nuanced vocal gifts fare when one puts two and two together? Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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What an evening I had. This was yet another fine ballet adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s classic novella, Eugene Onegin. As to be expected this focuses on Tatyana and Onegin as the central characters, whilst giving supporting characters like Prince Gremin and Olga a sufficient amount of character development. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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Bellini’s Norma 1964 Album Review

I take myself back in time to take a look at a recorded version of Bellini’s popular tragic opera starring La Stupenda herself, Dame Joan Sutherland as Norma, and the dramatically versatile, Madame Marilyn Horne as Adalgisa. These two Bel Canto empresses are joined by a veritable troupe of equally versatile singers from the grand yet underrated John Alexander, Richard Cross, and Joseph Ward and the elegant and fabulous Yvonne Minton in her younger years. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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My first opera night in Oslo starts off rather well with this rather unusual yet detailed production of Bellini’s Norma at the Den Norske Opera og Ballett headed by two alluringly versatile divas, Signora Hrachuhi Bassenz as Norma and Frau Dshamilja Kaiser as Adalgisa. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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Roberto Alagna Ma Vie est un Opéra Album Review

I kick off my Oslo reviews with Roberto Alagna’s exciting and awesome album of opera arias and songs. I have been yearning to review this album for quite some time, so much so that I had to listen to this over and over again to properly formulate my opinions and it also helped that the equally indescribable, alluring, and phenomenal coloratura soprano with the richness of a full lyric soprano, Aleksandra Kurzak, took part in the making of this particular album. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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My Thoughts on Puccini’s Tosca at the Kungliga Operan

‘Tis time to bid my beloved Stockholm until the next time with this fabulous production of Tosca at the Kungliga Operan, starring a lirico-spinto soprano who has been known for her extraordinarily wide-ranging repertoire, a dramatic tenor who mostly has a penchant for the Germanic repertoire, and a tall, dark, and handsome dramatic baritone. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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La Grande Madame Evelyn Herlitzius brings one of her signature roles, Kundry, to New York’s iconic Metropolitan Opera House. Joining her was not only a veritable troupe of Wagnerian specialists but also some equally fabulous superstars both veteran and newbies. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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Ah, Maestro Lawrence Brownlee and Signora Albina Shagimuratova, two fabulous Bel Canto specialists. With their flawless interpretive powers combined, they scored A+’s all across the board in musicality, theatricality, for being complete performers, and for leading a most brilliant ensemble cast. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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