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Subject: Re: Shakespeare and opera
From: Maria Wolansky <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Maria Wolansky <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:19:48 -0500
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For me it's Verdi's Othello.  However, I did enjoy Wagner's Das
Liebesverbot.

maria

On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 7:59 AM, Don <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I have to agree with Bob.  Falstaff is my favorite Shakespearean opera too
> plus my favorite Verdi opera over all.  I've been crazy about it ever since
> I bought the Toscanini recording many years ago.  It's a miraculous opera
> to have been written at his age almost in musical shorthand, quicksilver
> melodies come and go before you think they should, the orchestration is
> marvelous and I think Verdi's best with new and exciting combinations of
> instruments and wonderfully atmospheric sounds in every act.  There is
> something about the vitality, the amazing orchestral work and the precise
> ensembles of that recording that I think has never been equalled.
> The visual production I have enjoyed the most is also the Zefferelli Met
> production with Bernstein conducting.  My second favorite production is the
> Central City Production a number of years ago.  The small stage added to
> the intimacy, the sets were amazing, and the young cast was full of energy
> and made it all look too easy.
> dond
>
> On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 5:46 AM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > Falstaff is, for me, the great Shakepearean Opera, and it approached
> > perfection in the Bernstein/Zeffirelli collaboration of 1964 at the Met.
> > I attended every performance that season and just about every one
> > the following year. How lucky we were!
> >
> > But, from where I sit,
> >
> > the ultimate Shakespearean musical experience is Prokofiev's Romeo
> > and Juliet, and it did reach perfection when the Royal Ballet
> > performed it with Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. "Legendary"
> > does not begin to do it justice!
> >
> > Bob
> >
> > On Tuesday, December 20, 2016, william kasimer <[log in to unmask]>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > On Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:37:30 -0500, Vesna Danilovic <
> [log in to unmask]
> > >
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > >It would be very much interesting if anyone else could share their own
> > > >choices.
> > >
> > > For me, it's Britten's Midsummernight's Dream.
> > >
> > > Bill
> > >
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