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Subject: Re: Turandot
From: tom ponti <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Wed, 8 Nov 2017 19:28:44 +0000
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Agree with just about everything said here, except that I do like Nessun Dorma. If there were ever two singers who owned a role it was Nilsson as Turandot and, especially, Corelli as Calaf.


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From: Discussion of opera and related issues <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 2:15 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [OPERA-L] Turandot

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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