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Subject: Re: Exterminating Angel
From: Don <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Don <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:18:29 -0700
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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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