…Warm Southern Zephyrs

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And here’s the second half of this batch of reviews, here (mostly) covering materials and labels from more southmost climes.

So without any further ado-ing, let’s put some wax on the trax and slide on into this, to paraphrase Adam Ant…

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Grim Northern Winds…

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And as this neverending virus keeps asserting its presence (despite a corporatized national hubris in trying to reassert an imaginary “status quo” of yore) and a fed up youth actually find some small changes being enacted in the face of protest (for the first time in literal decades), we keep on truckin’ along, waiting for that second stimulus check they kept promising and hoping it actually hits the people this time instead of being yet another golden parachute corporate cash grab.

(groans, facepalm, shakes head in disgust)

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Darkness, Seen Red and Redefined

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So, yeah, it’s been a bit since we’ve dropped one of these Roundup Reviews. You’ve gotten another Coronavirus special over at Weird Scenes, a few opera updates and a vintage comic book based TV movie review to keep ya busy in the interim, but here’s what so many of you have been chomping at the bit for.

So without further ado, let’s tackle the backlog of another label or two, bringing us up to date on ’em for the entirety of 2020…

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Catching up on opera live from the Met…

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Well, it’s been a few weeks since our last chat, and while there’ve been a few thoughts appearing at the Facebook page along the way, some things have become clear over the past 11 weeks of free nightly streams.  If this lockdown hasn’t upped your opera cachet dramatically, then on your own head be it…not like we haven’t done our part to intrigue the casual fencepole sitter!

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Fun and Frolics From France and Italy vol. 2: France

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And here’s the other part of yesterday’s offering, this time from the cool Gallic (relative) Northern shores of la belle France.

Well…one from Portugal managed to slip in there, somehow.  Don’t ask.

Allons-y, n’est pas?

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Fun and Frolics from France and Italy vol. 1: Italy

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And here’s one that started out as an international cooperative of sorts, but which turned out to have enough of a backlog to separate after all.

So without any further ado, let us debark to the sunswept climes of the Meditteranean, hoping all is well at this stage of the notable national lockdown they were one of the earliest to suffer under…

Andiamo!

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The Swedish Connection

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And for today’s festival of fun, we head on over to sunny Sweden, home of the once famed Swedish stewardesses the likes of Austin Powers and Willie Aames of Charles in Charge fame used to go on about all the time. You know, Christina Lindberg, Marie Lildejahl, Scorpio Films, Joe Sarno, Ingmar Bergman…

…well, okay, maybe one of those isn’t exactly a tight fit with the others, but you get the idea.

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Ever Lengthening Shadows

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Another day, another label brought up to date.  Let’s jump in straightaway, shall we?
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More opera chat – Live at the Met continuing coverage

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We’re now at the dawn of Week 8 in the Met’s free streams of great (and not so great) performances from recent history…and it’s come to the point where they’ve actually started to dig back into the archives and air some standard definition classics, rather than sticking to performances filmed in and for their HD series (previously shown in theatrical simulcast as well as through their own subscription service and live onstage).

But that’s not the only oddity that’s surfaced with the passage of time and the airing of so many operas.

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