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Subject: Re: "Mefistofele' tonight at the Met
From: Kathy Boyce <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 9 Nov 2018 17:35:47 -0500
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Why do you care what other people say? I also love Mefistofele. I was at the performance last night. I also love Satyagraha, which I saw last week in Brooklyn.But I also love Written on Skin and Fellow Travelers, and really don’t care about other people’s opinion. There are lots of different operas and just as many opinions.

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From: Les Mitnick
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Subject: Re: "Mefistofele' tonight at the Met

I'm sick of these opera "experts/snobs" who put their noses down on operas like "Mefistofele", "Wally", "Adriana", Gioconda", Turandot, Andrea Chenier" and "Cav/Pag" and "Fanciulla". I love the music in all of these operas and they've given me hours and hours of joy and happiness. I say to hell with these condescending and self-appointed "critics" who dismiss these operas as "Italian pasta". "Mefistofele" is a beautiful, beautiful opera, and every time I hear it, I love it even more. It's an amazing opera, and I find the "Helen of Troy" scene one of the most sublime scenes in all of opera, and a beautiful and startling contrast to everything that has come before it in this particular opera. I could go on and on about all of the above-mentioned operas, but I won't bother. I don't care how many detractors these operas have. I love them and I consider them masterworks because they make ME happy, which is why I am an "opera man" to start with.>On November 9, 2018 at 2:57 PM David Kubiak wrote:>>>Can anyone explain the very negative opinion of this piece expressed over>the years by certain musicians? As I recall, for a while at least Levine>expressly forbid it from the Met repertoire. Like most posters here I have>loved it since I was a teenager. Great tunes, thrilling choruses, exciting>orchestration. Not liking a piece is one thing, but calling it trash, as>many professionals have done, seems strange to me.>>Related point. Is there anything in 'Nerone' nearly as good?>>David Kubiak>>**********************************************>OPERA-L on Facebook:>http://www.facebook.com/groups/25703098721/>-------------------------------------------------------------------------->To UNSUBSCRIBE, send a message to [log in to unmask]>containing only the words: SIGNOFF OPERA-L>-------------------------------------------------------------------------->To stay subscribed but TURN OFF mail, send a message to>[log in to unmask] containing only the words: SET OPERA-L NOMAIL>-------------------------------------------------------------------------->Modify your settings: http://listserv.bccls.org/archives/opera-l.html>-------------------------------------------------------------------------- ********************************************** OPERA-L on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/25703098721/ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- To UNSUBSCRIBE, send a message to [log in to unmask] containing only the words: SIGNOFF OPERA-L -------------------------------------------------------------------------- To stay subscribed but TURN OFF mail, send a message to [log in to unmask] containing only the words: SET OPERA-L NOMAIL -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Modify your settings: http://listserv.bccls.org/archives/opera-l.html --------------------------------------------------------------------------

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