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Subject: Re: Twelve Operatic Masterpieces You May Not Know
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:08:30 -0500
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The most entertaining performance of a rarely performed opera
I have ever seen, was the MEFISTOFELE at Baden-Baden in, I
think, 1916, with Ewin Schrott.  If there is a DVD, it is a must for
your project..  I viewed it on a superb live stream from the source.

dtmk

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
> YOU MAY
> 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.
>
> You will see that the "you may not know" part should be taken with a grain
> of salt. I am just
> avoiding the ubiquitous faves (CARMEN, BOHEME, etc.) and the biggest
> composers (Mozart,
> Verdi, Wagner, Puccini), though I might entertain Strauss. My audience of
> about 100 will be
> retirees from many different professions, intelligent, open, engaged, but
> not necessarily
> with specific knowledge of opera. Each work should indeed be a
> masterpiece, with an
> assured place in the history of opera. Each should be available on DVD in
> a strong
> performance with English titles. However, as I have to entertain the eyes
> of the audience as
> well as their ears, I am going to choose works primarily because of their
> theatrical qualities,
> rather than for the singers. Here is my first list:
>
> Monteverdi: ORFEO (Deflo/Savall, Barcelona)
> Lully: ATYS (Villégier/Christie, Paris)
> Handel: ORLANDO (Herzog/Christie, Zurich) — or other Handel?
> Rameau: LES BORÉADES (Carsen/Christie, Paris)
> Rossini: LE COMTE ORY (Sher/Benini, Met) — or other less-known Rossini?
> Meyerbeer: ROBERT LE DIABLE (Pelly/Oren, London)
> --- GAP?! ---
> Janacek: JENUFA (Braunschweig/Bolton, Madrid) - or other Janacek?
> Debussy: PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE (Mitchell/Salonen, Aix, or Vick/Davis,
> Glyndebourne) --
> too well-known?
> Schoenberg: MOSES UND ARON (Decker/Boder, Bochum)
> Shostakovitch: LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK (Winge/Anissimov, Barcelona)
> Britten: DEATH IN VENICE (Warner/Gardner, ENO) — perhaps substitute A
> Misummer
> Night's Dream?
> Adams: DOCTOR ATOMIC (Sellars/Renes, Netherlands) — or other recentish
> American
> opera?
>
> Other than the specific questions I ask after some of the entries, I see
> some problems.
> 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.
>
> All suggestions will be gratefully received, especially if they come with
> specific DVD
> recommendations.
>
> Thanks! Roger.
>
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