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Subject: Re: Serious Question
From: David Kubiak <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:David Kubiak <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:35:28 -0400

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>The reason for the pause before Onegin's last line is that Tatiana plants a
long kiss on his lips before she leaves him. 


Thanks for this explanation of the pause, which is perverse in my
understanding of the opera.  Tatyana has always been to me the most
admirable of all operatic heroines, because she does not solve her problems
by going crazy, taking poison, and jumping off buildings or into funeral
pyres.  She is a woman of high and independent character, who has committed
herself to someone she knows loves her deeply, and she will not abandon that
moral commitment to the re-awakening of an old erotic passion. To have her
admit that she still loves Onegin only gives more meaning to her
renunciation.  To have her passionately kiss him is nothing but the height
of dramatic vulgarity. But today, who would expect anything different. 

David Kubiak

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