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Subject: Re: Halloween: Operas to Chill Your Blood By
From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:53:13 +0000
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I'm currently listening to Marschner's "Der Vampyr." Surprised it isn't 
programmed more, what with the recent vampire obsession.

And I think the most "otherwordly" music in the operatic canon is still 
Don Giovanni's statue music. After all these years, my skin still crawls 
when it re-emerges.

------ Original Message ------
From: "G. Paul Padillo" <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: 10/31/2017 1:36:59 PM
Subject: Halloween: Operas to Chill Your Blood By

>Unlikethe old days of the list, I don’t think I’ve seen much in the way 
>of talking about
>spooky or otherwise appropriate operas for Halloweentide.  I always 
>like to change up my
>listening at this time of year to add a bit of “horror” to my operatic 
>listening and viewing list
>and wonder what, if any, anyone else still finds themselves spending 
>time with.
>
>Always at or near the top for me is Britten’s “Turn of the Screw,” 
>which seems to have
>become more popular than ever over the past decade.  As often as I turn 
>to it, it never fails
>to give me the heebie jeebies.
>
>Also right up there; Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle – which has one of the 
>most atmospheric,
>creepily beautiful scores in the entire canon.
>
>Some other favorites include:
>
>Prokofiev:  “The Fiery Angel”
>
>Sondheim:  “Sweeney Todd”
>
>Weber:  “Der Freischütz”
>
>Strauss:  “Salome” – it doesn’t start out that way, but it sure creeps 
>me out by the end!
>
>Menotti:  “The Medium” and “Martin’s Lie” (those who don’t know the 
>latter, really should!)
>
>Picker:  “Dolores Claiborne”
>
>Puccini:  “Il Tabarro”
>
>Also up there is Debussy's two uncompleted horror operas "La chute de 
>la maison Usher"
>and "Le Diable dans le Beffroi" each based on a tale by Edgar Allen 
>Poe.  It was Debussy's
>hope that the two one acts would premiere at the Metropolitan Opera.  I 
>smell a movie in
>the works!  For anyone unfamiliar with these, here is an excerpt of the 
>former with realized
>orchestrations by Juan Allende Blin working from Debussy's manuscript.
>
>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twdviZpvvfg
>
>
>There are, of course, many more, but I’d like to hear what others are 
>going for this time of
>year!
>
>p.
>
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