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captivebird wrote in mycroft_brolly
I’ve just realised that Nick Hytner directed one of my favourite versions of one of my favourite operas, Don Carlos at Covent Garden in 2008, with Rolando Villazon in the title role: http://www.musicweb-international.com/sandh/2008/jan-jun08/carlo0606.htm Not the best of reviews, but article has photos by a familiar name – Catherine Ashmore, who of course more recently photographed Frankenstein. I saw this Don Carlos on television actually, but didn’t record it at the time, so was very pleased to discover that I can now order it on DVD:

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Am on a bit of a random opera kick at the moment – saw Opera North's fun, modernised Carmen in Leeds last weekend and am going back to see Fidelio at the end of the month. Prior to this had not see opera live in a theatre since the mid 1980s, when I was a very cheap ticket buying friend of Covent Garden. :-)
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Sorry - only just picked up on this. Opera is something that I have just never got. I need someone - like you - to enlighten me!

I can't claim to be an expert, but if you like classical music, the human voice and drama, then it is all three rolled into one glorious whole. :-)

I need to do some research before attending any opera - listen to and get to know highlights, understand the basic story. For novices, most people would recommend Puccini, Verdi or Mozart. A DVD like this one is a good taster, as it includes a story synopsis plus subtitles. You should give it a go sometime!

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