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Subject: Re: Surprise Appearance in "Turandot"
From: Derek Lee <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Derek Lee <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 5 Sep 2017 14:54:29 -0400
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"enamoured Prince, was apparently asleep on the steps of the apartments of
the Princesses' [sic] ladies"

Isn't this scene supposed to be Nessun dorma?


2017-09-01 17:25 GMT-04:00 Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]>:

> I would have liked to see this.
>
> From the New York Times, Dec. 30, 1926:
>
> Curious Black Cat Nearly Disrupts Opera;
> Takes Stage in 'Turandot's' Tragic Moment
>
> The tragic love of the slave girl Liu, the passion of Prince Calaf, the
> cruelty and, at last, the
> sweet resignation of the Princess Turandot in Puccini's opera of that
> name, were regarded
> with due gravity and edification by the audience which assembled last
> night in the
> Metropolitan Opera House, until, as the orchestra was playing slow and
> soft music for the
> rising of the curtain on the third act, a black cat appeared, and for the
> moment took
> possession of the stage.
>
> As the curtain rose, Lauri-Volpi, enacting the part of the enamoured
> Prince, was apparently
> asleep on the steps of the apartments of the Princesses' [sic] ladies.
> The cat approached
> him curiously, while the tenor anxiously opened an eye, wondering if this
> was fresh business
> introduced for dramatic purposes.  The cat gave no sign say that of
> examining the inert
> form very carefully, sniffing, turning its back and going over to the
> prompter's box.  In the
> box, concealed from the view of the audience, was Mr. Marchesi, the
> prompter.  The cat did
> not approve of Mr. Marchesi and went back, with a weary air, to give Mr.
> Lauri-Volpi the
> "once-over."  Then, feeling that such a situation was not one in which a
> well-bred and
> respectable tabby should appear, it sauntered, as deliberately as it had
> come, back into the
> wings.
>
> Meanwhile Mr. Serafin, facing the cat as it came to the front of the
> stage, was struggling to
> preserve his dignity and keep the orchestra in hand.  Mr. Lauri-Volpi was
> doing his best to
> maintain the impassive mask of a sleeping Prince, while Mme. Jeritza, back
> of the scenes,
> was violently curbing the laughter that threatened to bungle her entrance
> a moment later.
> Only the orchestra, which could not see the cat, escaped its demoralizing
> influence.  The
> audience tittered and shouted.
>
> The incident was immediately reported to Mr. Gatti-Casazza.  He was
> inscrutable.  "What
> color was the cat?" he inquired.  When told, he was satisfied.  "That is
> all right," he said.
> The show went on.
>
> MDW
>
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