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Subject: Re: Shakespeare and opera
From: Ombrarecds <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:16:07 -0600
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Macbeth. Paskalis has forever seared his portrayal in my ear. Galvany is at the top when it comes to the Lady.

Patrick Byrne

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On Dec 21, 2016, at 7:30 PM, Clarissa Cheer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> What I find interesting is the history of Rossini's Otello after it was
> first performed 200 years ago in 1816 at the theatre Fondo in Naples with
> singers Isabella Colbran and Nozzari. Rossini was in his prime and Otello
> proved to be one of the many popular Rossini's operas he created. Maria
> Malibran sang it everywhere, Italy, Paris, London even in New York during
> the 1820s-30s. Verdi must have seen it in Milan or other Italian houses as
> it was played there countless times.(See Fantan's bibliografia dei libretti
> d'opera Rossini). 
> 
> Verdi's Otello did not obliterate Rossini work, it seemed to have faded from
> the popular opera repertoire sometime before the entry of Verdi's
> masterpiece in 1887. Francis Toye wrote in his book long before the Rossini
> 200 revival, that Otello would never be seen again. However, from time to
> time it is seen and revived. The presentation of the opera sung by Chris
> Merritt, and Rocky Blake, June Anderson at Pesaro in 1988 had a
> great success and started a revival of the work, in several countries, with
> some of the same artists. I was lucky enough to enjoy the superb Nice,
> France performances and then in Chicago etc.
> 
> Must say I agree that Verdi's version is rather depressing, that is one of
> the reasons I pick Rossini's vivid and exciting opera as my favourite. I do
> love the play! Coming from a theatrical family, at 12 years old my Mother
> bought me a ticket to Othello shown by the Old Vic Shakespeare Co in
> England- it was an unforgettable evening.
> 
> As for Shakespeare operas. Verdi's Macbeth is thrilling. One of Verdi's
> great early works...I remember Elizabeth Connell and a great cast in Rome,
> and then Grace Bumbry later in LA, not so great. Macbeth was one of Renato
> Bruson's finest roles.
> 
> Cheers, 
> 
> Clarissa Lablache Cheer
> 
>> From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
>> Reply-To: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
>> Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:59:33 -0500
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Re: Shakespeare and opera
>> 
>> 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.
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> 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 Verdi¹s MACBETH, though perhaps his OTELLO is artistically even
>> closer to the original play. I also love Gounod¹s 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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