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Subject: Re: Shakespeare and opera
From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:59:33 -0500
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I love both Verdi's and Rossini's Otellos (the latter less of a downer), Berlioz's Beatrice et Benedict and Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi, but my favorite has to be Verdi's Falstaff. 

I also find Das Liebesverbot fascinating, although I can't really say I think it's a very good opera. 

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From: Discussion of opera and related issues [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Vesna Danilovic
Sent: Monday, December 19, 2016 9:38 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Shakespeare and opera

Dear listers,

This year has seen numerous commemorations of 400 years after his death.
So, just before this milestone year expires, I thought to ask any interested lister about their favorite opera with connection to Shakespeare. Mine is probably Verdi’s MACBETH, though perhaps his OTELLO is artistically even closer to the original play. I also love Gounod’s ROMEO ET JULIETTE on its own merits, but -and I could be wrong in this- its music escapes me as an expression of a Shakesperean tragedy. It's still a wonderful opera that I love listening to, most fondly in the Met broadcast with Bjoerling and Sayao.

It would be very much interesting if anyone else could share their own choices.

Happy holidays to all,

Vesna

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