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Subject: Re: [Norton AntiSpam]Re: Next season at the Met
From: Kiwi <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kiwi <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:15:18 -0500

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Iris has some sensational music--Hymn to the Sun is lovely--but the entire 
score is somewhat uneven, the plot a bit strained, and the male characters 
unappealing.  That said, this might be one opera that would benefit from a 
modern interpretation, since the story seems largely symbolic and could be 

-----Original Message-----
From: Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]>
To: OPERA-L <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sat, Feb 18, 2017 11:04 am
Subject: Re: Next season at the Met

My wish list would include Mascagni's Iris.  It was last done at the Met in
1931 with Elisabeth Rethberg, Beniamino Gigli, Giuseppe de Luca and Ezio
Pinza under Vincenzo Bellezza.  Obviously, we might have difficult casting
like that today but we have a few singers who could do it justice.  I love
the score and it would be nice to see it done.  Yes, I know it was done
this past summer at Bard Summerscape.  Casting?  Perhaps Ana Maria
Martinez, Maria Agresta or Carmen Giannatassio or Bryan Hymel or Joseph
Calleja as Osaka?


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