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Subject: Re: An Opera-L Christmas
From: Evan Gamsu <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Evan Gamsu <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 23 Dec 2017 23:05:47 -0600
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Kevin Puts' "Silent Night" is a beautiful piece based around the truce 
duringĀ  WW1. Well worth seeking out.


Evan G.


On 12/23/2017 10:33 PM, Vesna Danilovic wrote:
> R-K's CHRISTMAS EVE also crossed my mind as did Menotti's AHMAL.
> Tchaikovsky's VAKULA THE SMITH, later reworked into CHEREVICHKI, was based
> on the same Gogol's story "Christmas Eve".
>
> In LA WALLY, the Christmas festivities are taking place in the village when
> Walter pleads with La Wally to leave the mountain as the avalanche was
> coming.
>
> Vesna
>
> On Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 10:49 PM, Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
>> Not standard repertory, but there's Rimsky-Korsakov's opera "Christmas
>> Eve" and the recent adaptation of "It's a Wonderful Life" by Jake Heggie.
>>
>> Bernard Herrmann did a couple of Christmas operas/musicals for television:
>> "A Christmas Carol"(with Basil Rathbone and Fredric March) and "A Child is
>> Born."
>>
>>
>> ------ Original Message ------
>> From: "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Sent: 12/23/2017 10:28:54 PM
>> Subject: Re: An Opera-L Christmas
>>
>> Donald Kane wrote:
>>> "Except for LA BOHEME, and that title by Massenet about a juggler, there
>>> is no opera I know
>>> of, at least not in the standard repertory, that is remotely related to
>>> Christmas."
>>>
>>> Christmas plays an important part in "Werther."  The opera opens with
>>> children practicing a
>>> Christmas carol, and Werther dies on Christmas Eve as those same children
>>> sing the same
>>> carol off-stage.
>>>
>>> And, of course, "Amahl and the Night Visitors" is completely
>>> Christmas-related.  There are
>>> several operas based on Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," including one by
>>> Thea Musgrave.
>>>
>>> BTW, the Massenet opera you referenced is "Le Jongleur de Notre Dame."  I
>>> don't think it
>>> has anything to do with Christmas.
>>>
>>> MDW
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
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