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Subject: Re: Shakespeare and opera
From: RAYMOND GOUIN <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:RAYMOND GOUIN <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:18:07 -0500
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I, as well, never tire of Otello

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But to give credit where credit is due, three brilliant minds worked on Otello -- Shakespeare, Verdi AND Boito.


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Raimondo [  as Carlo Bergonzi used to call me  :)  ]

> 
>     On December 20, 2016 at 11:40 AM Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
>     Due to parental & familial influences, I have been an opera fanatic for
>     nearly 60 years. During that span, I must have either attended performances
>     of Verdi's Otello, or listened to live broadcasts or studio recordings
>     hundreds of times.
> 
>     The "miracle" of this work for me is that just about every listening reveals
>     something "new" - in either the orchestration or vocal music or artistic
>     interpretation. IMO, therefore, Verdi's work is not only the greatest
>     Shakespearean opera, but an argument can be presented for its being the
>     greatest opera ever written.
> 
>     DonPaolo
> 
>     >
> 
>         > > 
> >         On December 19, 2016 at 9:37 PM Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]>
> >         wrote:
> > 
> >         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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