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Subject: Re: Comforting Quotes
From: tom ponti <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sat, 1 Apr 2017 12:41:31 +0000
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I find it hard to believe that a great Operatic Artist like Christa Ludwig would have spent many years preparing for, and many more performing in an art form she had little regard for. Her supposed quote is total nonsense and I do not believe she ever made such a stupid statement.


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From: Discussion of opera and related issues <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2017 1:55 PM
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Subject: Re: [OPERA-L] Comforting Quotes

I have always had mixed feelings about opera as an art form and am
flattered to find myself in company with no less an artist than Christa
Ludwig, whose participation in several of the greatest performances
of unquestionably great operas by Wagner and by Richard Strauss,
I was thrilled to experience.

For me, the easy answer to all three of your questions is the number
ten, which is how many separate titles comprise the life work of Richard
Wagner beginning with DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER.  A few individual
works by Mozart and Verdi, as well as obvious examples by Strauss and
by Puccini, fit easily into your three categories as well.

"Suffused with beauty of a deeply individual kind":  DER FREISCHUTZ,
PELLEAS & MELISANDE, ROMEO & JULIETTE, GIULIO CESARE.

"The "product of inspiration of an exquisite and scrupulous intelligence":
WOZZECK, MATHIS DER MALER, MEFISTOFELE

"Enlarge the expressional boundaries of the art to a degree  which
is not easily to be defined":  FIDELIO, all of the above, and many more
that I leave to others to name.

dtmk (who has never accused anyone of "trolling")


On Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 12:33 AM, Genevieve Castle Room <
[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Patrick Byrne wrote:
>
>
> >"Who is this Castle Room creature? An ancient troll?"
>
>
>  WIlliam Kasimer wrote:
>
>
>  >"It's called 'trolling'. And the only cure for a troll is....silence."
>
>
> I just wanted to know how many individuals on the list had mixed feelings
> about opera as an art form and I selected 5 quotes which mostly represent
> my views.
>
>
> Btw... several weeks ago Christa Ludwig said: "I seldom go to the opera. In
> principle opera does not particularly interest me. I don't truly see opera
> as artwork [....] All those Italian operas of Rossini, Donizetti, and
> [most] Verdi: is that truly art?"
>
>
> I have my own answers to questions like these:
>
>
> 1) How many operas are suffused with beauty of a deeply individual kind?
>
>
> 2) How many operas are a product of inspiration of an exquisite and
> scrupulous intelligence?
>
>
> 3) How many operas enlarge the expressional boundaries of the art in a
> degree which is not easily to be defined?
>
>
> ---------------
>
>
> On Thursday, March 16, 2017, william kasimer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > On Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:51:27 -0400, donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> >
> > >It has been clear for quite some time now, that "GCR" gets satisfaction
> > >out of digging up provocative statements about opera from a variety of
> > >sources, and posting them to see what happens.
> >
> > It's called "trolling".
> >
> > And the only cure for a troll is....silence.
> >
> > Bill
> >
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