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Subject: Re: Guth's "Lost in Space" "La Boheme" for Paris
From: David Patterson <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:07:14 -0000
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It sounds ghastly.  It's an opera I love and have sung Schaunard.  What's
the purpose of messing it around except for satisfying a director's ego trip
and ruining a lovely opera? 

David

-----Original Message-----
From: Discussion of opera and related issues
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of G. Paul Padillo
Sent: 17 December 2017 20:38
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Subject: Re: Guth's "Lost in Space" "La Boheme" for Paris

Gordon, I'm sorry  you couldn't enjoy it and felt the need to analyze every
aspect of it.  I tend to do that at times, but usually going into something
I know is controversial, I'm more willing than usual to sit back and let the
work speak to me on its terms.

I'm a "Boheme Baby" as well, and have since my teens, served as a rehearsal
pianist, sang in the chorus, toured as Parpignol, played a third act "guard"
and understudied Rodolfo (getting at least one rehearsal, which was
marvelous).  I KNEW going in that this was going to be a difficult take on
Puccini's opera, and so decided I would let IT guide me without questioning
the "why" of it all.  

I think we disagree on the director's intent of having Mimi and Company
occupying the same physical space as the astronauts.  I thought that WAS the
point, not creating a dream play but rather having Rodolfo conjuring up
hallucinations of his past. 

The candle in the 21st century doesn't bother me, people still use them for
light in 2017, particularly if you are poor, don't have a smart phone, or
are out of batteries for your 
flashlight - if you have one (I don't).   Additionally, Mimi is already long
dead by the 
beginning of the opera, wandering in and out of Rodolfo's consciousness, and
his last thought was of her death.  I found this enormously moving, as I did
the mime blowing out the candle (and I usually loath mimes).  

Regardless, audiences are cheering it, so there's that aspect.  In my
previous post I mentioned how it's been several years since I've been so
moved by a performance of this opera.  I welcomed that feeling.

And, of course, glorious musicmaking from conductor, cast and chorus didn't
hurt!

p.

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