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Subject: La Forza del Destino
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:25:34 -0500

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Donald - It is disjointed, but it has some of the most glorious music
ever written, and it contains what I consider to be the greatest
scene Verdi ever wrote - "The Convent Scene". From the frantic
opening phrase, "Madre madre puetosa vergine" to the ethereal
final line of "La vergine degli angeli", it is as great as music for the
stage ever got, and those who can do it justice, both Leonora
and Guardiano, are few and far between.

The great solos and duets for Alvaro and Don Carlo are thrilling, even
when executed at less than a level of perfection and the final scene
with its magnificent "Pace" and Trio, is breathtaking, beginning to

I happen to find the role if Melitone among Verdi's greatest inventions,
and, when well delivered, is often a show stopper. The byplay between
him and Guardiano is a superb combination of humor and serious
purpose, both in the music and in the words. "Sempre segreti" can be
among the most memorable moments in the opera, and when Gabriel
Bacquier did it, it was.

Forza may be a series of highlights that could have used some editing,
but they are among the most musically, and, yes,  dramatically satisfying
ever penned.


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