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Subject: Re: Radames/Rhadames
From: Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 1 Oct 2016 19:35:54 -0400
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It seems to me the only truly important sources for the spelling would be what Ghislanzoni 
and Verdi used. And I don't recall ever seeing a printing of the Italian text, in a score or a 
libretto, that uses an H. But...whathever...;-)


On Sat, 1 Oct 2016 18:08:53 -0400, Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>On Sat, Oct 1, 2016 at 5:03 PM, Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Radames. Unless we're perhaps talking about an opera called Aidha?
>> ("Botha" is correct, of course, lol. I just don't get why people out here
>> keep trying to put an H in Radames. I've never seen it spelled that way,
>> except on Opera-L.)
>>
>
>I've seen it in print. Jellinek spelled it as "Rhadames" in his "History
>through the Opera Glass" and Mariette, whose brief plot was used for the
>AIDA libretto, also transcribed it with "rh" in his letters to Verdi
>(written in his native French). I know that I've seen it in some other
>books, perhaps of the older vintage as the latinization changed over time
>and "h" was generally dropped but it's still in use, though less common. I
>think both are fine as is often the case with many other transcriptions.
>
>Vesna
>
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