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Subject: Re: Interpolated notes
From: John Irving <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:John Irving <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:55:40 -0500
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Angela Peralta was the Mexican soprano who was first to sing the interpolated Eb in alt at the conclusion of Act 2.  I believe it was performed to inaugurate the opening of the new house.  Callas was aware of this historical tradition.

      John

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> On Sep 24, 2017, at 7:16 PM, [log in to unmask] wrote:
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> Of course, not a single person has even mentioned whether a high E flat fits in with what's happening in the plot.  Yes, there is a lot of pagentry - but it's all ironic, as all the protagonists don't give a damn about it and are heavily engaged in lots of internal dialogue and turmoil.  That's what makes the scene exciting - not pagentry for its own sake, but that it's so very much at odds with what's going on with the chara
> "What hope now is left to me?
> For him, glory and the throne,
> for me, oblivion and the tears
> of a hopeless love."
> 
> 
> Those are Aida's lines at the end of act 2.  Given the context of her hopeless situation, does it sound like she wants to sing a high E flat?
> 
> 
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