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Subject: Re: Albert Innaurato -- "Purity of Heart"
From: Paul Ricchi <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Paul Ricchi <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:23:39 +0000
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Effusive? This is effusive: When Licia Albanese died aged about 180, “ Too
soon! “ sob

On Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 12:26 PM Kiwi <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Many of the posts concerning Albert's passing were effusive and that, at
> time of death when we all strive to remember the best and forget the worst,
> is expected.  That doesn't mean the memory remains sacrosanct forever, or
> that only the best lives on while the worst is buried.  Just on the basis
> of
> the use of florid English to exalt and deify the man, some of the posts did
> indeed seem (way) over the top.  He was, after all, just a man, albeit one
> who brushed against greatness:  he carried on through his life as best he
> could with the strengths and weaknesses he had, just as the rest of us
> strive to do.  Sometimes the weaknesses got the best of him.
>
> Early in my 'career' on Opera-L I received a fair share of cringe-inducing
> posts from him.  I simply learned not to take the bait and respond to any
> of
> his writings because his fragile ego could not accept criticism or
> rebuttal,
> even of the mild variety.  I did read most of what he posted and often
> learned much.  That does not mean he was always right, nor does it mean he
> was never without his biases, prejudices and blind spots.  He also firmly
> believed in his own correctness to the point of never ever admitting he
> might have been in error.  I hated to read those posts in which he was
> taking a fellow poster to the proverbial woodshed in the most disgusting,
> superior, insensitive manner.  Some were able to accept the nastiness as a
> reasonable price to 'learn' from Albert;  others felt far less forgiving.
> Both views are represented in the ongoing tribute.
>
> I suspect the truth lies somewhere between the two extremes.  Albert
> appears
> to have had a spark of genius in him but it was of the quixotic sort which
> could not easily be harnessed or set to work.  Perhaps it was the
> frustration of feeling the gift but not being able to consistently access
> it
> that lead to his frustration.  Albert knew an encyclopedia worth of
> information about opera and music but his knowledge appeared to be black
> and
> white with no gray permitted and his most vile posts often attacked those
> who simply spoke of that gray.  Albert had insights into operas and
> performances and a way of capturing those insights that appealed to a lot
> of
> readers but turned away others because he rarely seemed capable of
> controlling his vitriol.  That said, if you actually scratch the surface, a
> lot of what he and his followers claim were original insights were fairly
> common: the idea that the loneliness of miners in Fanciulla drove the
> pathos
> of the piece is hardly breathtaking in its astuteness.  Years back, I
> remember reading a two-part story about La Scala in Opera News and thought
> at the time that the writer seemed to project whatever thoughts HE was
> having on others, twisting a lot of story to tell HIS version rather than
> simply reporting.  In the end, I thought the piece was absolutely
> unbalanced, something that should not be a take-away from a serious piece.
> I suspect that was in part because Albert was unable to separate his
> reality
> from true reality and once he took a position, he was not to be swayed.  I
> also believe that Albert was--just like the rest of us--enthralled by
> select
> personalities that colored his objectivity and reasoning.
>
> In the end, it seems to me that Albert was a sad individual who lacked some
> of the key developmental communication aspects that bond people to each
> other.   Seems strange to say that about a writer but there you have it.  I
> think his unique voice will be missed;  I doubt that his evil twin voice
> will be.
>
> I just hope he has finally found whatever peace he was looking for in life
> and is not somewhere criticizing a heavenly choir because they were
> offering
> a historically accurate performance.
>
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