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Subject: Roy's FREE HUNDING
From: "David M. Wagner" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:David M. Wagner
Date:Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:28:00 -0700
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I'll miss Roy's posts. As a tribute, here's his classic "Free Hunding."

-David Wagner


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> From: Roy Wood <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: October 5, 2015 at 9:26:07 AM MST
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: FREE HUNDING, PART 1
> Reply-To: Roy Wood <[log in to unmask]>
> 
> Fellow fanatics, I'm listening to the 1989 broadcast of Walkure on Met Opera Radio Sirius 
> XM. It reminded me that it's time to revisit "Free Hunding" from the snows of yesteryear 
> when I was the NYC Opera Fanatic:
> 
> Free Hunding, Part 1
> It's time to tell HIS-story.
> 
> If "Jane Eyre" can be re-told from mad Bertha's perspective ("The Wide Sargasso Sea"), 
> if "Gone with the Wind" can become "The Wind Done Gone" when Mammy tells it, then it's 
> about time that we finally discover the true hero of the Ring cycle.
> 
> Hunding
> 
> So, you think Hunding is a baddie, do ya? Think again.
> 
> First off, WHO is telling us the die Walkure story? Not Hunding ... not even a friend of 
> Hunding. All the narrators of die Walkure have a proverbial spear to grind over poor Mr. 
> Hunding's corpse. However, these narrators make Hunding look like "Hunding Goody-Two
> Shoes". Can we really believe what they tell us?
> 
> Wotan? Hmmmm, murderer of Hunding, adulterer, megalomaniac, pyromaniac, &amp; in dire 
> need of some anger management.
> Brunnhilde? well, she won't be an ex-con until the next opera, but I always thought she 
> had the hots for Siegmund.
> Sieglinde? devil in a blond wig (more details later).
> Siegmund? Not the brightest bulb on the planet, was killed by Hunding (who was merely 
> carrying out the will of the gods)
> 
> 
> So, isn't it obvious?
> 
> For 150 years there has been a vast conspiracy to cover-up the Valhalla Babylon and 
> make Hunding the scape-goat.
> 
> What's NOT to like about Hunding? He's the most noble character in the opera. Here's 
> some examples of how he's just a swell guy...
> 
> Hunding prays: if Hunding is a gods-fearing man, he can't be all bad. I don't see Sieglinde 
> or Siegmund getting down on their knees asking for forgiveness (no, they're too busy 
> getting their groove on.. in the grove) Furthermore, the gods hear Hunding's prayers so 
> he must be doing something right. Even Sanctimonious Me can't claim such a special 
> relationship with the divine. How many times have my prayers to Fricka asking her to 
> spontaneously combust all my ex-boyfriends fallen on deaf ears.
> 
> Hunding is environmentally conscious. Come on, you can't be too bad if you're a "green", 
> right? Hunding has this big tree in the middle of his living room. Most of us would 
> probably have cut the tree down when we built the house but no, not Hunding. He's lives 
> in harmony with nature. I bet he even makes Sieglinde buy dolphin-safe tuna.
> 
> Hunding is hospitable. To a fault, perhaps. What if you came home from a hard day's 
> work and found a stranger....no, your archenemy...eating your curds & whey? Sure, you'd 
> call the cops and get that badboy's butt in the hoosgow! But Hunding turns the other 
> cheek, feeds this intruder, and bids him to stay the night as his guest. We all know how 
> Siegmund repays Hunding for his kindness. Like the NYCOF always says "No good deed 
> ever goes unpunished"
> 
> I could go on, of course...
> 
> So, what is the reason behind this vast conspiracy to blacken poor Hunding's name? Well, 
> I'm gonna tell you but make sure you're sitting down because it's a bomb-shell that will 
> shake Bayreuth to its core and cause "Free Hunding" societies to spring up all over the 
> globe.
> 
> I will reveal all in my next posting, whenever that may be. I want you all
> stiff with anticipation.
> 
> Roy Wood, the Pennsyltucky Opera Fan
> (but who may have that title taken away since I missed the Traviata this weekend due to 
> logistical difficulties. Maybe I just need to focus on Pittsburgh -- it's closer. )
> 
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