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Subject: Re: Stunned After Last Few Measures of an Opera
From: DK Conn <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:DK Conn <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 3 Dec 2018 20:53:42 -0500

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Zimmermann - Die Soldaten
Benjamin - Written on Skin
Britten - The Turn of the Screw
Wolf-Ferrari - I Gioielli della Madonna
Berg - Wozzeck
Henze - The Bassarids
Poulenc - Dialogues of the Carmelites

And I am still shocked at the ending of L'Incoronazione di Poppea.


On Mon, 3 Dec 2018 10:58:46 -0500, G. Paul Padillo
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>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
>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.  
>* * * * * * * *
>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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