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Subject: Re: [Norton AntiSpam]Re: Kaufmann's Otello
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 9 Aug 2017 01:57:20 -0400
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Well, at least you get my drift.  In travesties like MACBETH or
IL TROVATORE, we just let the hilariously enjoyable music
play out, but with OTELLO, Verdi takes the whole improbable
thing much too seriously.

dtmk

On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 1:21 PM, Kiwi <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I can sort of get the teenager in rebellion from daddy and running to a
> big, strong substitute dad, especially one of heroic proportions.  And
> daddy is so distraught by his daughter's actions that (if memory serves) he
> offs himself rather than live with the shame of what his daughter has done.
> Apparently, Dessie's family is made up of highly theatrical and emotional
> people.
>
> According to Shakespeare, it was Dessie who managed to engagement, not
> Otello, and Dessie who insisted on going with her husband to Cyprus.  So
> she's strong willed and opinionated and manages to get pretty much
> everything she wants--until she gets to Cyprus and turns into a brainless
> child who doesn't have a clue how to deal with men, especially her husband.
> That passivity of Desdemona is what I find off-putting in the opera (and
> the play as well) but I guess that has to be chalked up to one of the
> dreaded 'that's just the way men thought about women then.'   Perhaps
> somewhere along the way Dessie's romantic delusions have convinced her that
> her fate is to be murdered by her husband and so goes along with it.
>
> The other thing I don't get, never have gotten and probably never will get
> is why Otello just doesn't march up to Cassio and, if he truly believes he
> has been wronged by the younger man, challenge him to a duel.  Or, since he
> is head of the government, have him arrested.  Or send him away.  That he
> has someone else carry out the murder of Cassio (which, of course, is
> botched) rather than doing it himself is surprising to me.
>
> And, yes, I know you have to suspend disbelief and all that, but geez,
> can't operas be written with overarching logical integrity?  (Pace,
> Shakespeare.)
>
>
>
> -----Original Message----- From: donald kane
> Sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 10:15 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [Norton AntiSpam]Re: Kaufmann's Otello
>
> The fundamental problem with OTELLO and OTHELLO has always
> seemed to me to be the somewhat implausible attraction he has
> for Desdemona.  What is the secret of Desdemona's yearning for
> so innapropriate a lover?  And don't tell me there's no such thing
> as impropriety when it comes to "love".
>
> dtmk
>
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