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Subject: Re: Halloween: Operas to Chill Your Blood By
From: Ombrarecds <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sun, 5 Nov 2017 11:05:18 -0600
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Opera plots in general, Salome, Turandot, Macbeth, Trovatore, Anna Bolena, all lovely little tales.

Patrick Byrne

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> On Nov 5, 2017, at 10:45 AM, Evan Gamsu <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> If the criteria for finding a work attractive is based on its subject matter, I fear you've just ruled out most of the popular canon. Anybody skip a good Ring Cycle over fratricide, greed, vengeance,  or incest lately?
> 
> 
> Evan G.
> 
> 
>> On 11/5/2017 10:20 AM, donald kane wrote:
>> Two of the most unattractive activities a human being can engage in,
>> hateful vengeance and cannibalism, afflict, not the score, needless to say,
>> but are the essential themes of the work.  Isn't that enough?   If we
>> happen to admire the style of a given composers work, are we obliged
>> to like everything he decides to "set to music"?
>> 
>> dtmk
>> 
>> On Sat, Nov 4, 2017 at 9:57 PM, G. Paul Padillo <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> I have to wonder what Mr. Wilson finds "unattractive" about the score of
>>> Sweeney Todd, but
>>> assume he would probably not find the rest of Mr. Sondheim's ouevre to be
>>> to his liking
>>> either, as the composer has a style that, to these ears at least, is
>>> instantly recognizable and
>>> unique in the world of musical theatre.
>>> 
>>> When asked I frequently cite Sweeney as my favorite musical, although it
>>> sort of occupies a
>>> short list along with Gypsy, South Pacific and Oklahoma.
>>> 
>>> I can't think of a Sondheim show that I'm not a fan of - some, of course,
>>> stronger than
>>> others, but ALL with wonderful songs - e.g., "Anyone Can Whistle," anyone?
>>> 
>>> p.
>>> 
>>> * * * * * * *
>>> 
>>> From:   Richard Maynard Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Reply-To:       Richard Maynard Wilson <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Date:   Sat, 4 Nov 2017 20:36:08 -0400
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>>> 
>>> I saw Sweeney Todd in 1980 during its first national tour at the Kennedy
>>> Center in DC. Memories are rather vague, but I don't recall liking it much.
>>> 
>>> Are all Sondheim's works this unattractive?
>>> 
>>> RMW
>>> 
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