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Subject: Re: The Night Before New Year - 2018 Version
From: robert levine <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:robert levine <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 31 Dec 2017 17:30:54 -0500
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Superb! And
But no Zinka, Maria, or two-sized Renata
To sail through the high notes of Tosca's cantata.
is classic!
B

On Sun, Dec 31, 2017 at 5:12 PM, Operatics <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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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