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  • I love opera, bluegrass, burger joints and fictional detectives. Mostly, but not always, in that order. Formerly of Dunedin, formerly of Sydney, now travelling the world with the tenor in my life (Stuart Skelton) and blogging as I go.
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

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marcellous

Lilli Paasikivi's diction is a wonder, and almost everybody seems to comment on it. I think the secret lies in the consonants - a few of her diphthongs in Sea Pictures were a bit odd, but that doesn't seem to matter when the consonants are there. She must have a way of enunciating consonants without breaking the vocal line.

david

Have you heard ABC Classics historic artists series with Margreta Elkins singing the Sea Pictures? If not, I would recommend most stongly!!

wanderer

Agree agree (that's one for Lilli P and one for the orchestra/conductor) and as I also missed Sea Pictures, I think we count ourselves lucky to have heard her, and in such a good role for her voice and temperament, and yes, better English than the English.

I loved her wings too.

wanderer

...and agreed about Philip Langridge, he's still hanging around my head. It is very much a part for a Vere or a Grimes (a Pears). I'm thinking Skelton.

Profiheld

Wanderer,

I think Skelton has sung Gerontius before. At least his wesite has it listed.

Still, if his website is accurate, he's currently in Zurich singing Siegmund in Walkuere so being in two places at once would have proven difficult.

I missed the SSO performance, but have heard Ben Heppner sing it (albeit a while back) with the BSO under James Levine.

It was fairly spectacular!

Mr Skelton is slated for Grimes with OA next season as well as Grimes with ENO earlier in the year and a reprise of Streetcar in Melbourne. I should like to get along to one or other of those, as I would imagine (as you seem to as well) that his Grimes might be something special.

We shall but see.

Sarah

I agree that Stuart would be well worth hearing as Gerontius. And his Grimes is one of the things I'm most looking forward to next season.

Dave

Sarah, why no post about Richard Hickox dying today?? I'm in shock http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24699942-2702,00.html

Sarah

I heard a few hours ago but wanted to wait until I saw it reported officially. I can't believe it either. Too awful.

Ixkorr Oxkarr

If anyone recorded ABC's broadcast of this performance, and would be willing to share a copy, please send me a note at the address below. I couldn't tape it because I was in the audience. Very nice performance, I had never heard the piece before -- it was fascinating to detect the teases of Enigma Variations.

Thanks
--IO
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Michael

I heard Lilli Paasikivi in the Chausson Poeme del la mer etc etc. She was amazing!, like Yvonne Minton and Jesse Norman with the dress sense of Sumi Jo

Michael

PS

Christel Goltz died last week, that was pretty tragic too

Jo Field

As a member of the TSO Chorus singing in this performance I can say it was a tremendous experience. For anyone who is interested the performance has been recorded and is to be released as a CD as part of the ABC Classics Series.I don't have a date of release. Thanks Jo

Jo Field

As a member of the TSO Chorus singing in this performance I can say it was a tremendous experience. For anyone who is interested the performance has been recorded and is to be released as a CD as part of the ABC Classics Series.I don't have a date of release. Thanks Jo

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