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Subject: Re: when is an aria not an aria? - was extra long musical introductions
From: "G. Paul Padillo" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:G. Paul Padillo
Date:Fri, 2 Feb 2018 14:32:18 -0500

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Violetta's Act 1 ending scena, starting with "Eh strano!" then the aria that fo
follows along with its ensuing cabaletta make for one of the greatest and mo
most beloved (and performed) scenes in all of opera.  

But wait . . . Alfredo has a reprise of his "amore" theme from earlier in the 
act to which Violetta not only responds, but redoubles her belief in "sempre libera
libera."  So, does this suddenly make it a duet?  Don't tell the soprano, she 
may just blacken your eyes!


* * * * * * 

> But what about a few other pieces that we generally call arias but that
> aren’t strictly solos? Two that come to mind, both by Puccini, are
> “Recondita armonia” and “Addio, fiorito asil.” In the former the Sacristan
> mumbles and grumbles about Mario’s impiety throughout and in the latter
> Sharpless calls attention to Pinkerton’s repugnant treatment of Butterfly.
> So, are these arias? Are there other examples like them?
> Kurt Youngmann

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