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Subject: Re: Turandot
From: Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 8 Nov 2017 20:02:46 -0600
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Bob:
   I don't think that ANYONE is going to argue with you about THAT!!  Nilsson/Corelli/Turandot= THE BOMB!
> On November 8, 2017 at 1:15 PM Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> 
> There are three things I like about Turandot -
> 
> Liu's music, as beautiful as anything Puccini ever wrote.
> Ping, Pang and Pong, who have the most inventive music
> he ever wrote, and whose placement in the opera is neither
> too little or too much. It's just about right!
> Much of the orchestration, often brilliant sometimes
> spellbinding.
> 
> And though I don't like the characters of or the music for Turandot
> and Calaf, when it is sung as Nilsson and Corelli were able to, it
> is as thrilling as vocalism has ever been in my lifetime. They were
> somethin' else!
> 
> Bob
> 
> On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 14:00 Frank Cadenhead <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> > My second post today... A different focus:  Ping, Pang, and Pong.
> > A long time ago, during a Met intermission feature, the panel was asked to
> > name
> > the three worst characters in opera. The immediate first response was, not
> > surprisingly, Ping, Pang and Pong (to much laughter and applause). It
> > seemed
> > everyone was on the same page.
> >
> > A staging recently derided here, the Turandot in the Chinese restaurant,
> > actually
> > changed my opinion on that. The three were workers in the restaurant and
> > when
> > each of them had their aria, they would appear alone on the landing at the
> > rear of
> > the restaurant and all action would stop. Their passion and longing were
> > suddenly
> > central and the intense beauty of their music was highlighted. It
> > emphasized that
> > they were all caught in the instant and wanted things to be different.
> >
> > Frank Cadenhead
> >
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