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Subject: Plot failures (was perfect operas)
From: Kiwi <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kiwi <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 10 Aug 2018 07:12:10 -0400

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Many otherwise ‘perfect’ operas fail due to plot weaknesses and as a result cannot be considered ‘perfect’ even if the music is exceptional (of course, IMHO).

I’ll start with Trov—and not with the overall story line which is pretty silly from the get go.  Let’s talk Leonora in the final act.  She makes a bargain with Count di Luna to spare her beloved in exchange for her body, but then after extracting that promise, she drinks poison, staggers into the jail cell, and dies in Manrico’s arms.  Doesn’t she stop to think that Luna might be just a little be put out by the fact that body is now stone cold dead?  Wouldn’t she realize that her abrogation of the deal would make it null and void and di Luna would do his thing?

Why wouldn’t she have waited to make sure Manrico (did the deal include Azucena?  Would Manrico have left in any case without his ‘mother’?)  Even if she had already slept with di Luna, wouldn’t the thing be to see her Manrico safely out of jail?  He may not have wanted to go, but di Luna held the power and could simply have forced him out.  

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