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Subject: Re: Wrong-composer operas
From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:41:18 +0000

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My favorite "wrong composer" opera is Bloch's Macbeth. It is a 
masterpiece that should be performed far more frequently.

A couple of others are Rossini's Otello (which would be done more often 
were it not for the difficulty finding enough tenors) and Buson's 
Turandot. Gazzaniga's Don Giovanni premiered the same year as Mozart's 
(talk about bad timing!). There are also all the different works set to 
Metastasio's libretti--although it's often difficult to say who was the 
"right" or "wrong" composer.

My favorite wrong-author title is Robert Benchley's "20,000 Leagues 
Under the Sea or David Copperfield."

------ Original Message ------
From: "Mark Schubin" <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: 10/13/2017 10:25:11 AM
Subject: Wrong-composer operas

>Today's New York Times has a nice obituary for Vincent La Selva:
>It notes, "In 2001, the editors of Guinness World Records proclaimed
>Mr. La Selva the only person to have conducted all 28 Verdi operas in
>chronologically staged productions."
>He also introduced me to what I call "wrong-composer" operas with his
>New York Grand Opera production of Leoncavallo's "La bohème." I've
>since seen Paisiello's "Il barbiere di Siviglia" and Portugal's "Le
>nozze di Figaro" (both done by On Site Opera) and Rachmaninoff's
>"Francesca da Rimini" (at the Princeton Festival).
>Portugal also did Alceste. He did versions of "Semiramide" and
>"Serse," too, but not quite with the same names ("La morte di
>Semiramide" and "Il ritorno di Serse"), so I don't count those in the
>"wrong-composer" genre. Bononcini did "Serse" before Handel.
>What other "wrong-composer" operas can you name?

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