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Subject: Re: Plot failures (was perfect operas)
From: Katalin Mitchell <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Katalin Mitchell <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 10 Aug 2018 19:54:18 -0400
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You all can make your logical arguments but I will never forget how much I laughed when the divine Ms. Maziello went into her tirades on the Quiz about how absurd Trovatore was. I have never been able to take any of it seriously as much as I adore it.
Kati

> On Aug 10, 2018, at 6:07 PM, Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Dear Idia,
> 
> I don't disagree...there may be too many coincidences for it to make sense
> as a cohesive whole, but in terms of the power of its isolated scenes I can
> see why Verdi was attracted to it - why it inspired some of his most
> stirring music and why it continues to hold the stage.  If you boil it down
> to essentials it's powerful stuff:
> 
> -The pre-opera relationship between Azucena and her Mother is vividly
> recalled in musical flashbacks...
> 
> -The conflict between Azucena's mistaken murder of her own child and the
> parentage of the child that did survive...
> 
> -Leonora's fascination with a mysterious and melodious "Troubadour" -
> someone outside (but really inside) her aristocratic circle
> 
> -Manrico's curious heritage - A Gypsy's "son" or someone else?
> 
> -Di Luna's frustration as a nobleman being bested in Leonora's affections
> by said "Gypsy's son" who is actually his brother
> 
> -Manrico's filial loyalty to a woman who is not his mother
> 
> I wouldn't change a word or a note...
> 
> Steve
> 
>> On Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 5:43 PM, Idia Legray <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> Frankly, I could make a case and find a very logical reason why that wrong
>> baby was dropped in the fire.  Azucena, at this point, was completely
>> deranged having to watch her mother at the pyre.  No wonder she didn't
>> know what she was doing.  Who can blame her?
>> I'm probably alone but I actually thought Trovatore was an opera that
>> made sense.
>> 
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