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Subject: Re: Twelve Operatic Masterpieces You May Not Know
From: Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:01:28 -0500

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A quick followup. My partner, who is not as much of a seasoned opera-lover
as most on this forum and probably representative of the audience who will
attend this course, said that the 19th century opera is more appealing than
any other period to his ears. He also noticed the absence of Russian operas
and suggested Glinka, whom he listened to on my advice, and very much liked

I missed to mention that ARIADNE AUF NAXOS could be a good choice for
Richard Strauss, IMO. Not entirely obscure for sure, but also not as
well-known as DER ROSENKAVALIER. It's also witty which is another plus if
you are looking for something more light-hearted.


On Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 9:57 PM, Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]>

> On Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 5:48 PM, Roger Brunyate <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> I am preparing a course for adults entitled TWELVE OPERATIC MASTERPIECES
>> NOT KNOW. Twelve two-hour sessions, in each of which I will introduce a
>> different work and
>> play substantial sections. I have made a provisional list below, but
>> would dearly like advice
>> in refining it.
> This sounds like a fabulous seminar! I'm sure they'll love it. My
> suggestions below are not *major* masterpieces, but still remarkable works
> of art, IMO.
> Handel: ORLANDO (Herzog/Christie, Zurich) — or other Handel?
> THEODORA - The '96 Glyndebourne production has a great cast, the
> incomparable Lorraine Hunt Lieberson with Daniels, Croft, Upshaw;
> Christie/Sellars.
>> Rossini: LE COMTE ORY (Sher/Benini, Met) — or other less-known Rossini?
> The Zurich OTELLO  could be an alternative (it’s not funny, of course, but
> then I don’t find operas too funny even when written as comedies). Cast;
> Bartoli with the remarkable lineup of tenors (Osborn, Camarena,
> Rocha), Tang/
>> Shostakovitch: LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK (Winge/Anissimov, Barcelona)
> It's a fine choice, but if I may suggest an alternative presentation: 1966
> film version under the title  KATERINA IZMAILOVA, featuring Vishenvskaya.
> Her performance, both vocal and theatrical, was so powerful that I can't
> imagine anyone to be left indifferent. It stayed with me for days...
> There is not enough comedy. By excluding Verdi, Puccini, and Wagner, I
>> have left a big gap
>> in the mid-19th century, especially in the Italian repertoire. If I get
>> some good suggestions,
>> I can certainly reduce the number of pre-Mozartian and early 20th-century
>> operas.
> A couple of possibilities:
> Boito, MEFISTOFELE - Ramey, Benackova, Arena/Carsen, San Francisco, late
> 80s. People respond differently to this production, I happen to like it
> very much and personally prefer the older version with Ramey over the more
> recent revival with Abdrazakov (though A. was quite good as well).
> Cilea, ADRIANA LECOUVREUR - Gheorghiu, Kaufmann, Elder/McVicar, 2010
> London. This opera might not be unknown but I don’t think it has been
> performed in the states as often or as recently as expected for the
> standard repertoire.
> Or a lesser known Verdi opera...
> For the earlier period, if there  is a room for Gluck, then I think a good
> option for his lesser known but very fine opera could be IPHIGENIE EN
> AULIDE - DVD from Amsterdam has a stunning cast (von Otter, Gens, Antoun,
> Teste) with Minkowski conducting and a very interesting production by Audi.
> All suggestions will be gratefully received, especially if they come with
>> specific DVD
>> recommendations.
>> Thanks! Roger.
> Vesna

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