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Subject: Re: Exterminating Angel
From: Linda DeRamus <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Linda DeRamus <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:48:36 -0500
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Is there actually a DVD of the Met performance available at this early date?

> On November 21, 2017 at 2:18 PM Don <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>
> We are still in shock. I ground my teeth to nubs during it and my partner
> said he thought his heart had stopped. So intense. I just ordered a DVD
> of the Met performance so we can watch it over and over. Way too much to
> absorb at first hearing
> dond
>
> On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 11:35 AM, gordon young <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> > I also saw it on Saturday and wondered why there were no comments on
> > opera-l. It's an opera that like many others (if not all) that need to be
> > experienced more than once. If I had any reservations the two most
> > troubling were the complexity in the musical language and the constant high
> > almost annoying tessitura of the sopranos. It is always interesting to hear
> > new works.
> > Gordon
> >
> > On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 11:05 AM, operatics <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > I saw this on Saturday and will see an encore . Too much to take in at
> > > once. But I found the uses of the orchestra and the orchestration
> > > extraordinary in creating atmosphere and mood. Oh those bells! those
> > > snare drums! the onde -exterminator!!!! the amazing voices. How
> > could
> > > those singers stand up for the curtain call?
> > > One problem, which perhaps will be resolved when I see the encore - I
> > > did not understand what the staged conclusion was meant to convey.
> > >
> > > Estelle
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On 11/20/2017 3:23 PM, A Katalin Mitchell wrote:
> > >
> > >> I have been waiting for two days to read anything by anyone about the HD
> > >> presentation of the opera, did I miss a discussion?
> > >> I am mostly curious about the quality of the telecast, since my cinema
> > in
> > >> Framingham, MA which is usually quite good in terms of visuals, was dark
> > >> and murky, not nearly as sharp as usual in terms of focus. Did others
> > have
> > >> a similar experience, or maybe our screens are needing replacement?
> > >>
> > >> And what about the opera itself? I thought the music, once you accepted
> > >> the terms and the tessitura, was quite interesting, sometimes almost
> > >> beautiful, the singers all excellent and very hardworking, especially
> > those
> > >> amazing sopranos who knew no fear. But what distressed me was that the
> > >> opera libretto completely dismissed the final act of the film when they
> > all
> > >> attend a thanksgiving mass for their release at the cathedral, and find
> > >> that they can’t go back outside. That was the punchline, and what made
> > the
> > >> film so brilliant…. Why would the composer whose to ignore it?
> > >>
> > >> Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!
> > >> Kati
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> On 11/11/17, 11:41 AM, "Discussion of opera and related issues on behalf
> > >> of donald kane" <[log in to unmask] on behalf of
> > >> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > >>
> > >> Be careful what you wish for; the other topic might be about
> > >> Milanov or Tebaldi.
> > >> I think it's useful to know where each contributor stands on a
> > >> controversial topic. TURANDOT is one of the peaks in operatic
> > >> history, and will be discussed as long as it maintains a place in
> > >> the repertoire.
> > >> dtmk
> > >> On Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 8:48 PM, semiramide1945 . <
> > >> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > >> > You know haven't we done this Turandot thing to death. Maybe
> > >> time for
> > >> > another subject?
> > >> >
> > >> > On Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 2:56 PM, Tom Frey <[log in to unmask]>
> > >> wrote:
> > >> >
> > >> > > agreed
> > >> > >
> > >> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > >> > > From: R PRADA <[log in to unmask]>
> > >> > > To: [log in to unmask]
> > >> > > Sent: Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:50:34 -0500 (EST)
> > >> > > Subject: Turandot
> > >> > >
> > >> > > I have seen this opera many times, and it does not float my
> > >> boat, for
> > >> > some
> > >> > > reason. I simply can’t get emotionally involved, and although I
> > >> like some
> > >> > > of the music, I would be happy if popular culture moved on from
> > >> the tenor
> > >> > > aria, and while they are on it, please get over O Mio Babbino
> > >> Caro as
> > >> > well
> > >> > >
> > >> > > Truly I am a Mozart, Handel, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti,
> > Verdi,
> > >> and
> > >> > > Offenbach enthusiast. Most of these composers have held my
> > >> attention
> > >> > since
> > >> > > childhood. I also love lieder, chanson, canzone, e tutu quant,
> > >> starting
> > >> > > with old Italian. Puccini is only intermittently interesting to
> > >> me
> > >> > anyway.
> > >> > > >
> > >> > > > So what I am saying it that it’s a very personal matter.
> > >> > >
> > >> > > Happy Fall Day
> > >> > > Best
> > >> > > RP
> > >> > >
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