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Subject: Re: Halloween: Operas to Chill Your Blood By
From: gordon young <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:gordon young <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:23:48 -0500
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David Clenny's La Contessa dei Vampiri. I love this little opera and was
thrilled when it was sent to me by someone on opera-l years ago. I can't
believe it was performed in 1990 ... time flies.

On Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 1:54 PM, Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> I agree with all the scenes and operas already suggested. In terms of
> complete operas, these too:
>
> Verdi’s MACBETH
> Boito's MEFISTOFELE
> Rubinstein's DEMON
>
> Vesna
>
> On Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 1:36 PM, G. Paul Padillo <[log in to unmask]
> >
> wrote:
>
> > 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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