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Subject: Re: French Opera Rarities
From: Maria Wolansky <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Maria Wolansky <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 30 Aug 2017 19:36:33 -0400
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I love Penelope, but it's 20th century not 19th as stipulated.  How about
Le Roi Arthus? One of my favorite operas.

On Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 4:49 PM, ANGELO MAMMANO <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> I was at L Center one evening trying to decide whether I wanted
> to attend Louise with Sills at the NYC Opera or the Met's first
> ever Lulu.  Berg won out, but I did see Louise in Boston with
> Neblett and Alexander and it was a good show.  At one point the
> female choristers ran out on stage and the audience giggled because
> several of them were on the heavy side.  One French opera not yet
> mentioned that I saw with Boston Concert Opera and enjoyed thoroughly
> was La Navarraise.  It had a very fine mezzo,  Brenda Boozer, who had
> a relatively short career in the limelight I believe. Her husband was
> the comic Robert Klein.
>
> Angelo from Boston
>
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>
>
>
> > On August 30, 2017 at 3:38 PM Michael McPherson <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> >
> >
> > I saw a beautiful production of Louise at the old City Opera in City
> Center. Francis Robinson was in the audience and he was yelling “bravi” at
> the end.
> >
> > Michael
> >
> > Michael J. McPherson
> > [log in to unmask]
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> >
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> >
> > > On Aug 30, 2017, at 3:18 PM, kurt youngmann <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > >
> > > Louise comes to mind.
> > >
> > > Lyric Opera of Chicago has never performed it and I can’t recall a Met
> production since I began listening to the broadcasts c. 1952.
> > >
> > > I did see it, however, in 1999 in San Francisco. My recollection is
> that is was a long, sometimes boring, evening. Renee Fleming was in top
> form but Jerry Hadley wasn’t having a good night.
> > >
> > > What I couldn’t figure out, as the performance progressed, is why
> basses are so anxious to sing The Father. (Pinza sang it at The Met between
> 1939 and 1943.) But then came the last act and Samuel Ramey demonstrated
> what the role was all about. Marvelous!
> > >
> > > Would I care to see it again at my advanced and advancing age? I don’t
> know. Perhaps - if the right cast came along and the production didn’t get
> regietheatred to death…
> > >
> > > Kurt Youngmann
> > >
> > > Flattery is all right so long as you don’t inhale. - Adlai Stevenson II
> > >
> > >
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