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Subject: Re: The Night Before New Year - 2018 Version
From: Operatics <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Operatics <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 31 Dec 2017 14:12:37 -0800
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Bravissimo!  And the best to you, Paul


On 12/31/2017 1:28 PM, G. Paul Padillo wrote:
> Once again, with deepest apologies to Clement Clarke Moore.
>
> T’was the eve before New Years, and on Opera-L
> Discussions had to an all time low fell,
> Most posts were marked "Test" and they'd all but replaced,
> The usual bickering, both caustic and base.
>
> While back the Big House much fussing was made,
> As Luc Bondy's Tosca to rest now was laid.
> A new show to replace what some found too smelly,
> As prayers went up, "make it like Zeffirelli!"
>
> Yoncheva looked smashing in pre-prima press
> Resplendent in jewels and at least one smashing dress.
> Grigolo whose Romeo had been over the moon,
> Would now take on Mario and face Scarpia's goons.
> Lucic was predicted to chew up the scenery,
> And get stabbed in the process for oh, so much meanery.
> But no Zinka, Maria, or two-sized Renata
> To sail through the high notes of Tosca's cantata.
> As Maestro Villaume put his cast through their pace,
> In a Tosca in Roma and not outer-space.
>
>
> Then the grousing continues "Gelb's ruining the Met,
> With his high cost productions and increasing debt."
> T'is the fate each GM is obliged to endure
> And will pass to the next guy, of this I am sure.
>
> But just for a moment think a happier thought,
> And be grateful for all the joy opera has brought,
> As each one of us here, from wherever we hail
> Toast the new year by raising a can, flute or Grail.
>
> So to Twenty Eighteen let's each roar like a Leo,
> "blah, blah, blah, O Scarpia avanti a Dio!
>
> Happy New Year everyone!
>
> p.
>
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