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Subject: Re: Word Changes - Last Savage Stock exhange
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Date:Sun, 5 Apr 2009 13:01:09 -0400

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You have omitted one of the greatest entry lines in all of opera, spoken 
by the Pasha  in Last Savage ... "Forty wives, and all of them barren" 
(from memory, so # may not be accurate)


Best from Boston.
Ray Gouin


On 5 Apr 2009 at 3:46, [log in to unmask] wrote:

> I don't have the printed libretto of George Meade's translation handy,
> but I remember what seemed to have been an ad lib made
> by Lili Chookasian at the premiere of Menotti's Last Savage at the old
> MET. As the Maharanee, Lili was reading the stock market
> reports aloud and said something like "AT&T up 40...Metropolitan Opera
> Company: down 40. The audience was amused, but today it's another
> story.
> Interestingly, although I only saw it once, I have always remembered
> the music to several lines from that opera, such as "But Kitty, Kittly
> darling listen to your daddy!" and the great ensemble "Ah, how fortune
> waits in hiding to surprise us." That was 46 years ago! Along the same
> lines of catchy tunes from new operas, I have never forgotten Willy
> Stark's beautiful aria "Come back Willie, come back home" from having
> heard it live in the theater one time.

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