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Subject: Re: favorite scenes
From: "Mitchell, Katalin" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mitchell, Katalin
Date:Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:32:06 +0000

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More in the goosebumps department : 
Baritone/Tenor duet of Pearlfishers 
Baritone/Tenor duet of Don Carlo, Othello 
Trio at end of Faust 
Final duet of Andrea Chenier (of course not ignoring la mamma morta or 
Katalin Mitchell 
Director of Press and Public Relations 
American Repertory Theater 
64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 
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A.R.T. Media Room 
2016/17 Season: Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education/The Plough 
and the Stars/Fingersmith/Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women/The Night of 
the Iguana/Arrabal 
On 12/4/16, 10:20 AM, "Discussion of opera and related issues on behalf of 
kurt youngmann" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of [log in to unmask]> 
>This post started out as a brief list of some of my favorite opera 
>scenes. Unfortunately, however, I immediately realized that there’s no 
>such thing as a short list. But I’ll keep it down to just a few and hope 
>that others can contribute their own favorites. 
>1. The idea occurred to me as I was walking this morning and listening to 
>the Antonia act from Hoffmann which has two of my favorites: both trios. 
>Hoffmann is by far my #1 favorite French opera and I think the trios with 
>Hoffmann, Miracle and Crespel and Miracle, Antonia and the Mother’s Voice 
>are truly the opera’s high points. 
>2. The section of Suor Angelica that begins with “La grazia e discesa dal 
>cielo” never fails to thrill me. For me, this is some of the best music 
>Puccini ever composed. I had the pleasure of seeing Sondra Radvanovsky in 
>the role several years ago and I must say it was among the greatest 
>nights in the 65+ years I’ve been going to the opera. 
>3. The finale of Eugene Onegin combines beautiful music with intense 
>4. The final trio from Rosenkavalier. For me, this is the single most 
>beautiful piece of music ever composed. (My father and I used to argue 
>about this; his choice was the Presentation, which is certainly 
>magnificent, but nothing tops the trio for me). 
>5. The Filippo / Grand Inquistor scene in Don Carlo. When this is done 
>well it sounds like it could be the “War of the Worlds.” The best 
>version, for me, is from the set with Christoff and Giulio Neri. 
>Hoping to hear about more favorites, 
>Kurt Youngmann 
>"Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies." - Friedrich 
>Wilhelm Nietzsche 
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