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Subject: Re: Extra-long introductions to arias
From: Peter Bloch <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 1 Feb 2018 18:45:25 -0500
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I don’t think anything is longer than “
martern aller arten”
Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 1, 2018, at 6:35 PM, OPERA-L automatic digest system <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Topics in this special issue:
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>  1. Florida (ahem) Grand Opera 18/19 Season-ette
>  2. Felicia Weathers
>  3. The Met 2017-2018 performances on PBS
>  4. Upcoming LOC Prima of I Puritani
>  5. Qual mesto gemito (3)
>  6. Extra Long Musical Introductions to Arias (3)
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> Date:    Thu, 1 Feb 2018 05:16:29 +0000
> From:    Isaac Alan <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Florida (ahem) Grand Opera 18/19 Season-ette
> 
> I wish them well.  Werther is a grand piece. Frida I do not know, but I cer=
> tainly know the subject matter.
> 
> Nozze is, in my opinion, a specialist opera requiring very good musicians a=
> nd singers, the plot and much of the melody appears deceptively simple, but=
> they need great care in production.
> 
> Boheme is a standard, yes it is often rolled out, but it rarely fails to dr=
> aw crowds, and it is very hard to totally ruin its charm and dramatic force=
> .
> 
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Isaac
> 
> 
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> From: Discussion of opera and related issues <[log in to unmask]> o=
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> Sent: Thursday, 1 February 2018 4:38 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Florida (ahem) Grand Opera 18/19 Season-ette
> 
> Tucked away in the cast updated listing insert for the current run of Salom=
> e, the FGO announced next season - and this is quite an early announcement =
> for my home company:
> La Boheme
> Le Nozze di Figaro
> Frida
> Werther
> 
> 
> I like Boheme - but they roll it out every few years as it's an easy sell; =
> or easier sell.  Werther I might go as I've never seen it.
> 
> 
> Salome was ok, staging rather robotic.  The Herod stole the show (John East=
> erlin), Jokanaan (Mark Delavan) sounded stronger offstage than on, Salome (=
> Melody Moore) didn't have a steady tone and acting was not that good.  Timo=
> thy Myers paced it well, although lost control on some of the louder moment=
> s of what can become an unruly score in not well trained hands.
> 
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> Date:    Thu, 1 Feb 2018 18:26:54 +1300
> From:    Garry F Bell <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Felicia Weathers
> 
> Isaac
> 
> A quick answer - it was 1971.
> 
> Garry
> Auckland, NZ
>> Just a quick note on Felicia Weathers, I heard her in NZ as Aida back in the early 70s, she looked and sounded pretty wonderful in those days.
>> 
>> I also heard her in concert in Australia in 1972 or 73. She was a fine and versatile singer, and very lovely to look at, I remember that especially .
>> 
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> 
> Date:    Thu, 1 Feb 2018 15:58:03 +0000
> From:    Brian T <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: The Met 2017-2018 performances on PBS
> 
> Found this on the Great Performances/PBS website listing the upcoming dates=
> of the HD series:=C2=A0 (Norma was aired last Friday)
> 
> Great Performances at The Met - Season 12 | News | Great Performances | PBS
> 
> =20
> | =20
> |  =20
> |  =20
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> Great Performances at The Met - Season 12 | News | Great Performances | PBS
> Great Performances at The Met returns to PBS for its twelfth season in 201=
> 8, delighting audiences with nine prod...  |   |
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> 
> Interesting (but mabye not surprising) is what's missing--Mozart's "Die Zau=
> berflote" (which was transmitted via HD to cinemas back on Sat. Oct 14,2017=
> ) but is not on the PBS list...Levine was the conductor, so I guess that is=
> why it's missing.
> Too bad--it was either a PBS choice to omit it or the Met (or both), but th=
> e singers involved deserved to have a chance to be seen regardless who cond=
> ucted it.
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> Date:    Thu, 1 Feb 2018 22:54:03 +0000
> From:    Trish Callis <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Upcoming LOC Prima of I Puritani
> 
> WFMT will broadcast the prima this Sunday beginning at 1:45 pm Central and =
> streaming at WFMT.com.  The cast includes Alvina Shagimuratova, Lawrence Br=
> ownlee, Anthony Clark Evans, and Adrian Sampetrean.  The conductor is Enriq=
> ue Mazzola.  According to Lyric=92s website, there will be two intermission=
> s (30 and 20 minutes).
> 
> I=92ve been listening to excerpts from the Caballe-Kraus recording, and wis=
> h to let the gentleman on this list who urged me to give Caballe a listen i=
> n bel canto repertory that he was absolutely right.
> 
> My apologies for the missing diacritics.
> 
> Patricia L. Callis (Trish)
> 
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> Date:    Thu, 1 Feb 2018 17:57:20 -0500
> From:    Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Qual mesto gemito
> 
> What has anyone here heard about the firing of John Copley as director of
> the MET's "Semiramide"?  As I understand it the "offense" was mentioning a
> desire to see Assur / Ildar Abdrazokov naked to a comprimario.  Surely
> there must be more here to justify the termination of such a respected
> stage director, well into his 80s?
> 
> Is there any fear from Mr. A or others that Copley will exert undue
> influence to achieve his goal?
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> Date:    Thu, 1 Feb 2018 15:12:06 -0800
> From:    Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Qual mesto gemito
> 
> We=E2=80=99re in a tense, humorless situation where no one dare make a joke t=
> hat has any element of sex in it. Freedom of speech?
> 
> =46rom what I=E2=80=99ve heard about Mr. A himself, he=E2=80=99s no prude an=
> d likely wouldn=E2=80=99t mind the comment at all.
> 
> Max Paley
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Feb 1, 2018, at 14:57, Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> =20
>> What has anyone here heard about the firing of John Copley as director of
>> the MET's "Semiramide"?  As I understand it the "offense" was mentioning a=
> 
>> desire to see Assur / Ildar Abdrazokov naked to a comprimario.  Surely
>> there must be more here to justify the termination of such a respected
>> stage director, well into his 80s?
>> =20
>> Is there any fear from Mr. A or others that Copley will exert undue
>> influence to achieve his goal?
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> Date:    Thu, 1 Feb 2018 16:20:05 -0700
> From:    Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Qual mesto gemito
> 
> It seems that Gelb over-reacted and freaked out.  Supposedly Copley was
> giving directions to chorus members to be looking around for the Ghost of
> Assur and he instructed when asked what they were looking for, he quipped
> "Assur naked"  or something like that.  Someone took offense and ran to the
> great God Gelb and what was an innocent nothing was blown totally out of
> proportion.  Copley as I have been informed by numerous good friends who
> are singers and have worked with him for decades, is a decent loving man
> and didn't deserve this especially at the age of 84.  James Levine he is
> not.
> 
> Donald Levine
> 
> On Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 3:57 PM, Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> 
>> What has anyone here heard about the firing of John Copley as director of
>> the MET's "Semiramide"?  As I understand it the "offense" was mentioning a
>> desire to see Assur / Ildar Abdrazokov naked to a comprimario.  Surely
>> there must be more here to justify the termination of such a respected
>> stage director, well into his 80s?
>> 
>> Is there any fear from Mr. A or others that Copley will exert undue
>> influence to achieve his goal?
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> Date:    Thu, 1 Feb 2018 18:24:46 -0500
> From:    Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Extra Long Musical Introductions to Arias
> 
> Some fellow opera fans were mulling over great arias that appear to=20
> contain really long musical introductions before the actual singing=20
> finally begins.=C2=A0 Suffering "senior moments" all I could think of wer=
> e=20
> Alvaro's "o tu che in seno agli angeli",=C2=A0 Filipo's "ella giammai m'a=
> mo"=20
> & Arturo's "a te o cara".
> 
> Does anyone care to recall some equally obvious long introduction=20
> selections?
> 
> Ciao,
> 
> Paolo
> 
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> Date:    Thu, 1 Feb 2018 15:29:05 -0800
> From:    Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Extra Long Musical Introductions to Arias
> 
> =E2=80=9CTu che le vanita=E2=80=9D but it=E2=80=99s a magnificent musical ut=
> terance of real grandeur.
> 
> Max Paley
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Feb 1, 2018, at 15:24, Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> =20
>> Some fellow opera fans were mulling over great arias that appear to contai=
> n really long musical introductions before the actual singing finally begins=
> .  Suffering "senior moments" all I could think of were Alvaro's "o tu che i=
> n seno agli angeli",  Filipo's "ella giammai m'amo" & Arturo's "a te o cara"=
> .
>> =20
>> Does anyone care to recall some equally obvious long introduction selectio=
> ns?
>> =20
>> Ciao,
>> =20
>> Paolo
>> =20
>> =20
>> =20
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> Date:    Thu, 1 Feb 2018 23:34:52 +0000
> From:    Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Extra Long Musical Introductions to Arias
> 
> "Tu che le vanita" - Don Carlo
> "Ella giammai m'amo" - Don Carlo
> "Dich, teure Halle" - Tannhauser
> "Una macchia.. (Sleepwalking Scene) - Macbeth
> 
> There are lots more.
> 
> Bob
> 
>> On Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 18:24 Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> Some fellow opera fans were mulling over great arias that appear to
>> contain really long musical introductions before the actual singing
>> finally begins.  Suffering "senior moments" all I could think of were
>> Alvaro's "o tu che in seno agli angeli",  Filipo's "ella giammai m'amo"
>> & Arturo's "a te o cara".
>> 
>> Does anyone care to recall some equally obvious long introduction
>> selections?
>> 
>> Ciao,
>> 
>> Paolo
>> 
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