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Subject: Re: Turandot and Sweeney Todd
From: john Lanigan-O'Keeffe <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:john Lanigan-O'Keeffe <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 21 Oct 2000 02:22:14 GMT
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Dear Listers,

Turandot's original tale is in French and is there spelt "Turandotte".
Therefore the T is pronounced.
It's also said (sung really)  some thirty plus times in the text so "ope'
thine ears".
tenors often don't like to sing the final consonant  but the chorus gets to
bash it out.

Sweeney Todd was staged by the State Opera of South Australia in 1987 or
1988. I was in Darwin in those years.
In a moment of optimism it overbooked the theatre for this box office loser.
  The result was the severed head of the General Manager on a plate, despite
the fact that it was great artistic success.  Lyndon Terracini, recently
seen as protagonist on that horse opera on SBS was Todd.

John LOK


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