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Subject: Re: Leoncavallo: I Medici
From: Mike Begley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mike Begley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 12 Mar 2007 22:46:40 -0400

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Ok, just got finished listening to my recording of I Medici; my
observations -
(Note: I am NOT a musicologist; I don't even play one on TV)

-Domingo will probably need to transpose the act 2 duet with the
(soprano/dramatic mezzo); otherwise, I think the role will be VERY good for

-At the opening I thought I had put on a von Weber opera by mistake; lots of
horn music

- This seems to fit into a series of grand Italian operas (ala Ponchielli),
done in the 1890's.  Very reminiscent of the original 4 Act Edgar by Puccini
in the scope of the opera.

- I like this opera a lot - the problem for a recording is that it demands
an absolutely first rank baritone (Bruson is on the recording I have), and a
Falcon/dramatic soprano/dramatic mezzo for the female role.  Maybe Zajick
.... maybe ...???

This ain't Pagliacci, boys and girls.  More in the class of Simon Boccanegra

Just my due lire,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Begley" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2007 6:25 PM
Subject: Re: Leoncavallo: I Medici

> Yes,
> I recently acquired a recording of the Franfurt I Medici - Viotti conducts
> a cast headed by Renato Bruson, Giuseppe Giacomini, Daniela Longhi and
> Nicolai Ghiuselev.  I have not listened to it yet, but maybe I will
> tonight and post a report.   By the way, the release I got comes with a
> synopsis about three times as long as the one Mr. Kosovsky so kindly
> provided - if folks are interested I can scan and post it, but it will be
> a few days before I get to it - I am pretty backed up.

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