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Subject: Boston's "Maid of Orleans" Video Highlight Reel
From: "G. Paul Padillo" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:G. Paul Padillo
Date:Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:45:19 -0400

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A few weeks ago I wrote about an incredible performance of Tchaikovsky’s rarely performed 
“The Maid of Orleans” from Odyssey Opera in Boston.  Although I’ve heard the opera a number 
of times, perhaps because I’d never before experienced it live, the Odyssey performance has 
remained with me constantly that night – and also because it was sheer magic.
This is only a “highlight reel” so to speak of the night, but it does capture much of the energy 
and the amazing performances from Gil Rose and his company, most notably Kate Aldrich in 
the title role.  Even the death scene, (in the video shorn of her singing) Aldrich’s Joan is 
caught up in a religious ecstasy that was palpable and riveting.

I wish more of my favorite music had been included (Joan's call to arms, the big "hymn," etc.) 
this does spark the memories.

Oh, what I’d give to see the Met, with everything at its disposal, launch a production of this 
too little known work.  It's long overdue.


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