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Subject: Re: Shakespeare and opera
From: Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:04:30 -0500
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Yessir.....and, let’s add yet a 4th:  Mario Del Monaco )

DonP.

From: RAYMOND GOUIN 
Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 2:18 PM
To: Paul Ferraro ; [log in to unmask] 
Subject: Re: Shakespeare and opera

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.




Best


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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