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Subject: Re: Rigoletto - among my favorite operas
From: Stephen Lord <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Stephen Lord <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 6 Feb 2017 12:53:08 -0500
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I have to say I have done Jonathan Miller's with him and it works. The malocchio is very much in the Italian culture.....

Then again, it's really about a French king!

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> On Feb 6, 2017, at 9:00 AM, Isaac Alan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Actually I think it's about a 16th century Court Jester, but I suppose a Duke does feature in there fairly strongly.
> 
> I don't believe that it gets a proper airing any place today, where everything seems to get forced into another, and usually an outrageously modern era.
> 
> The maddening thing to me, is the producer's and director's inability to grasp the fact that Rigoletto relies upon the accepted power of a curse, the absence of reliable rapid transport, and the power of a Duke to safely commit a man to execution at will. Very difficult to imagine any of these things aiding the suspension of disbelief, much later than the seventeenth century at the very latest.  Also, Hugo and Verdi were dealing with a dramatic story so obviously set in a previous time.
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> 
> Regards,
> 
> Isaac Alan
> 
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> From: Discussion of opera and related issues <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Michael Liebert <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Monday, 6 February 2017 1:45 PM
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> Subject: Re: Rigoletto - among my favorite operas
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> Rigoletto?  Isn't that the one about a 16th Century Duke?  Too bad they
> don't do it at the Met anymore.
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