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Subject: Re: Patti Smith's 5 Favorite Operas
From: Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:45:08 -0500

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Norma - Pure music - intimately tied to the drama, but also a thing of
beauty outside of it

Semiramide - Rossini's masterpiece - Rodolfo Cellati calls it the last
great baroque opera.  It's noble architecture is supported by music of
endless inventiveness and propulsive beauty.

Anna Bolena - imperfect history - searing Bel Canto music drama

Giulio Cesare - like opening up a treasure chest - chock full of many
diversely colored jewels

Die Frau ohne Schatten - a Tsunami of vocal / orchestral sound

I'm going to cheat and say that I consider "Tristan und Isolde" and
"Parsifal" works that go beyond "Opera" or "Music Drama"  - avatars?
incarnations?  Not quite sure how to label them but the works themselves
and the effects they produce are unique.


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