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Subject: Re: Bel Canto
From: Patrick Byrne <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:19:48 -0500
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Could not stay with it. Boring music, no character interest or development. 
 Kept coming back to it, just more generic sounds, people running around 
and in  and out. A load of twaddle.
 
Patrick Byrne
 
 
In a message dated 1/14/2017 6:14:53 P.M. Central Standard Time,  
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During  the "discussion" about the current political situation in the US one
of our  members mentioned how people seemed more interested in this topic
than in  opera. Today I notice no one has commented last night's Bel Canto
from  Chicago.
38 minutes into the first act I looked at my watch ... not a good  sign ...
but I did watch the entire opera. For me it had the problems that  I
generally associate with contemporary opera. The melodic structure  was
bland with little variety. The orchestration was labored often  becoming
noisy which was appropriate for some scenes but not for  all.
Not only was I not moved by the musical language but the libretto's  attempt
at poetry came across as trite and predicable. It was also the  choices made
in how to telling the story with more emphasis on crowd scenes  than
centering on the characters. Again, I think, one of the things that  annoyed
me was how noisy the whole thing was.
Contemporary opera  interests me a great deal and I have seen a great deal
in the theater and  on video (does that date me?) and the web. Some I like
and some I do not  like but I will always give them a chance.
It also was not filmed very  well.
Gordon

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