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Subject: Re: The Don
From: Dennis Ryan <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sun, 23 Oct 2016 02:06:00 -0400

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In a message dated 10/22/2016 5:40:05 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
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Mathew Rose was fine as Masetto.  I liked his comment during  intermission 
that Masetto was the only character to actually get what he wanted  at the 

    Hi, Y'all!  
    I respectfully disagree with Ron, here. I  thought Mathew Rose's acting 
was very wooden.  Vocally, he was okay, but  both the bitterness and the 
helplessness in "Ho!  Kapitan!"   needed to be stronger and edgier.   (Maybe 
Walter Berry ruined this  part for me years ago.  I have seldom liked the 
Masetto in any production  of this opera lately.)  
    But at the end, DOES Masetto really get what  he wants?  He and Zerlina 
are going to be married, and live forever with  the knowledge hanging 
awkwardly between them that she fancied a nobleman  when she thought she had a 
chance with one; and when plan B suddenly fell  apart on her, she reverted 
quite opportunisitically  to plan A.  Yes,  they DO genuinely love each other, 
but it that going to be enough?  
    I really LIKED the fact that the Don was  played by a lighter-voiced 
singer than Leporello was.  Somehow, to me, a  lighter-voiced singer sounds 
"oilier," and more like a con-man.  
    Dennis Ryan 

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