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Subject: Re: Stunned After Last Few Measures of an Opera
From: "G. Paul Padillo" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:G. Paul Padillo
Date:Mon, 3 Dec 2018 10:58:46 -0500

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GREAT topic!  

The Epilogue to Mefistofele the final bars – leave me in an almost ecstatic, stunned state – 
the hair on the back of my neck, and on my arms raised as if by electricity.  

Other endings affect me similarly, most notably Parsifal, which leaves me open mouthed and 
with my heart full of wonder.  The final 2 minutes of Die Meistersinger leave me in an 
ecstatic state of joy so intense I often feel like I’ll explode from the sheer joy.

Not the final act, but the end of Act IV of Pelleas finds my pulse beating and wanting to 
scream, “No!” as Pelleas slumps to his death, and Melisande cries out, “Je n'ai pas de 
courage, Ah!” as she flees from the murderous Golaud.  

The finales of both Tabarro and Angelica leave me gasping – but in two entirely different 

The end of Turandot only in the complete Alfano ending, with the original orchestration and 
Turandot and Calaf’s voices soaring over the ensemble.  Thrilling and electrifying.

Speaking of “electrifying” the end of Elektra does one helluva number on me in that regard, 
as well.

There are many others, but I’ll cite just one more – the final pages of “Andrea Chenier” 
wrecks me in multiple ways;  my heart and soul are filled with despair yet also hope, and 
the belief that despite the bloody horror surrounding them, Chenier and Maddalena are 
already occupying a realm beyond our world.  


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On Sat, 1 Dec 2018 18:26:14 -0500, Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>For me, Mefistofele, A. Chenier & Peter Grimes (with Vickers, that is)
>leave me stunned as though shot by a taser gun.  Does anyone else
>experience these feelings with certain works?

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