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Subject: Re: Stunned After Last Few Measures of an Opera
From: Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 4 Dec 2018 12:46:05 -0700
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Hi,
Butterfly is a full hankie opera but my cry point occurs towards the end of
the 2nd act - Una nave di guerra - when she and Suzuki spot Pinkerton's
ship entering the harbor.  I loose it at that point.  After that, I'm
prepared for the finale.

Donald

On Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 12:36 PM Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> The first time I heard Butterfly as a youngster (maybe 12 or 13 at this
> point) just starting
> to get into opera, it was via a recording (it may have been the 2nd De Los
> Angeles one,
> but I'm not positive about that). I knew the basic plot, and knew what the
> ending would
> be, but nothing prepared me for the sheer musical wallop of Butterfly's
> final aria to her
> son, etc. I will admit that I found myself crying afterward - not just
> shedding a few tears,
> but a full-on real hard crying spell which truly surprised me at that age.
> That final scene
> still has the power to move me so much, even if maybe I'm not quite as
> spooked by it as
> I was that first time. But in particular, even knowing full well what goes
> into the craft of
> being an actor/singer and having to deal with dramatic moments of raw,
> enormously
> heightened emotions without letting it get too personally "hot," I always
> marvel in
> particular at sopranos who are real-life mothers, especially mothers with
> younger children
> - how difficult must it be to have to sing this scene without falling
> apart?
>
>
>
>
> On Tue, 4 Dec 2018 13:22:46 -0500, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> >The ending of MADAMA
> >BUTTERFLY...the more I think
> >about it, continues to be uniquely qualified in its power to stun,
> >in an almost literate definition of the word.
>
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