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Subject: Re: Bel Canto
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:51:09 -0500
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I gave it 45 minutes, but even before that, I knew that when the diva's first
aria climaxed on the word "of" that, musically, BEL CANTO belonged on a
shelf with Classic Comics, Paint by the Numbers, or Opera for Dummies.

dtmk

On Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 7:14 PM, gordon young <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 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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