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Subject: Re: Age-Appropriate Opera
From: Paul Ricchi <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Paul Ricchi <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:30:14 +0000
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I just don't want to hear any toddler singing Suicidio! some panel of
nitwit judges gasps.

On Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 8:59 AM Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Simon wrote:
>
> "I was amused by Max's recollection of first seeing Tosca at age 10 - the
> elderly gentleman sitting next to me at the HD performance was rather
> curmudgeonly remarking (after an audience shot during the intermission)
> that it *really* wasn't a suitable opera for young children (now there's a
> new thread in that ...)."
>
> OK, here's the new thread!
>
> I think what is "suitable" would vary depending on the opera, the
> production, the
> precociousness of the child, and the parents.  In my case, that "Tosca" at
> age 10 was a
> garden-variety production of the time (one of Tony Stivanello's "instant
> opera" productions)
> without anything explicit like Scarpia getting oral sex. (I probably would
> not have known
> what they were doing anyway.)  My mother told me the plot generally
> without going into
> detail as to what exactly Scarpia wanted to do with Tosca, or what Tosca
> was looking
> forward to with Cavaradossi in "la nostra casetta."  As a typical boy of
> that age, I thought
> the torture, the stabbing, the firing squad, and the leap off the parapet
> were cool.  The rest
> of it went over my head.
>
> As I recall, the only opera my parents did not take me to on grounds of
> suitability, in those
> early years, was "Salome."  That I can understand - although I think I
> would have been
> intrigued by the severed head.
>
> For a young child, I think it is just fine to say that Scarpia wants Tosca
> to be his girlfriend
> and leave it at that, unless the child wants to know more.  If he does, it
> might be a good
> opportunity to explain the facts of life.  In my case, at that age I was
> more interested in
> monsters,  haunted houses, and grisly things, than in sex.  That interest
> came with puberty.
>
> As a parent, I would certainly draw the line at "Lady Macbeth of
> Mtsensk."  Also, any Bieito
> production parading severed breasts around on platters.
>
> MDW
>
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