LISTSERV mailing list manager LISTSERV 15.5

Help for OPERA-L Archives


OPERA-L Archives

OPERA-L Archives


View:

Next Message | Previous Message
Next in Topic | Previous in Topic
Next by Same Author | Previous by Same Author
Chronologically | Most Recent First
Proportional Font | Monospaced Font

Options:

Join or Leave OPERA-L
Reply | Post New Message
Search Archives


Subject: Re: Esclarmonde (was Carreras and his rep)
From: gordon young <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:gordon young <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 30 Jan 2017 18:53:27 -0600
Content-Type:text/plain
Parts/Attachments:
Parts/Attachments

text/plain (96 lines)


Here's my favorite Esclarmonde ... I try to visualize how it worked for
late 19th century audience.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBQEiL3m_XY
Gorodn

On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 6:24 PM, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 4:41 PM
> Subject: Re: Esclarmonde (was Carreras and his rep)
> To: "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]>
>
>
> Goethe's novel on which the opera was based, is considered a
> German literary classic and enjoyed widespread popularity in its day,
> so who's to blame for Massenet's dismal work - he and his librettist?
> Or could it be that best-selling fiction doesn't necessarily transfer to
> the operatic stage?  PRIDE AND PREJUDICE anyone?  GWTW?
> HUCKLEBERRY FINN?          . . . REBECCA?
>
> dtmk
>
>
>
> On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 9:59 AM, Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> > Unfortunately, I missed "Esclarmonde" when the Met did it in 1976
> (although I could have
> > made it in from Princeton, don't know why I didn't).  A college opera
> friend of mine saw it and
> > thought that it was a wretched opera.  He said the "O divin Esclarmonde"
> episode at the
> > beginning reminded him, musically and dramatically, of the Miss America
> pageant.
> >
> > At least as performed and sumptuously sung on the Bonynge/Sutherland
> recording, I rather
> > like the opera, especially the "Esprits de l'air" episode at the end of
> Act I, which is thrilling.  I
> > find the orchestration lush and the vocal lines beautiful.  But the plot
> is beyond stupid and the
> > characters are all ciphers.  I do agree that, when you come right down
> to it, other than as a
> > star vehicle for Sutherland, it is a pretty empty piece.
> >
> > BTW, I do like "Esclarmonde" better than "Werther," an opera I loathe.
> Mike Leone and I are
> > in agreement about the Whining Whinger.
> >
> > MDW
> >
> > **********************************************
> > OPERA-L on Facebook:
> > http://www.facebook.com/groups/25703098721/
> > ------------------------------------------------------------
> --------------
> > To UNSUBSCRIBE, send a message to [log in to unmask]
> > containing only the words:  SIGNOFF OPERA-L
> > ------------------------------------------------------------
> --------------
> > To stay subscribed but TURN OFF mail, send a message to
> > [log in to unmask] containing only the words:  SET OPERA-L
> NOMAIL
> > ------------------------------------------------------------
> --------------
> > Modify your settings: http://listserv.bccls.org/archives/opera-l.html
> > ------------------------------------------------------------
> --------------
>
> **********************************************
> OPERA-L on Facebook:
> http://www.facebook.com/groups/25703098721/
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> To UNSUBSCRIBE, send a message to [log in to unmask]
> containing only the words:  SIGNOFF OPERA-L
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> To stay subscribed but TURN OFF mail, send a message to
> [log in to unmask] containing only the words:  SET OPERA-L NOMAIL
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Modify your settings: http://listserv.bccls.org/archives/opera-l.html
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
>

**********************************************
OPERA-L on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/25703098721/
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
To UNSUBSCRIBE, send a message to [log in to unmask]
containing only the words:  SIGNOFF OPERA-L
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
To stay subscribed but TURN OFF mail, send a message to
[log in to unmask] containing only the words:  SET OPERA-L NOMAIL
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
Modify your settings: http://listserv.bccls.org/archives/opera-l.html
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Back to: Top of Message | Previous Page | Main OPERA-L Page

Permalink



LISTSERV.BCCLS.ORG

CataList Email List Search Powered by the LISTSERV Email List Manager