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Subject: Re: another Puccini tear-jerker moment was Re: la boheme
From: daaaac <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:48:10 -0500
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I have a studio recording with Taddei as Sharpless.  He audibly kisses Trouble immediately after he sings "I bei capelli biondi!”.

Donald

> On Feb 25, 2018, at 6:38 PM, kurt youngmann <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Puccini was very good at wrenching hearts and making tears flow! Another of my favorite examples occurs toward the end of the Butterfly / Sharpless scene when he asks the child’s name. 
> 
> Sharpless: I bei capelli biondi! (Those beautiful blonde curls!) Caro, come ti chiamano? (What is your name, dear child?”
> 
> Butterfly: Rispondi: Oggi il mio nome e Dolore. Pero, dite al babbo, scrivendogli, che il giorno del suo ritorno Gioia, Gioia mi chiamero. (Tell him: Today my name is Sorrow but when you write to my daddy, tell him that on the day he returns I’ll call myself Joy).
> 
> Years ago I presented a Madama Butterfly program to a number of groups - probably 8 or 9 times in all. Invariably, as I came to this section of the story tears welled up in my eyes. Indeed, it happened again, as I typed the words on this post.
> 
> Kurt Youngmann
> 
>> On Feb 25, 2018, at 5:12 PM, Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> For me, it's the section in "Donde lieta" where Mimi mentions the bonnet. The way she 
>> has to repeat "se vuoi" just to get the thought out (this has to be so hard for Mimi to 
>> say), leading to that soaring melody on "ricordo d'amor" - a perfect tearjerker if ever 
>> there was one. 
> 
> 
> "The key to the mystery of a great artist is
> that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life
> just to make sure that one note follows another... and leaves us with
> the feeling that something is right in the world.” - 
> Leonard Bernstein.
> 
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