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Subject: Re: Stunned After Last Few Measures of an Opera
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 4 Dec 2018 16:38:16 -0500
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Act Three - Butterfly to Kate

Sotto il gran ponte del cielo
Non v'e donna di voi piu felice
Siatelo sempre
Non v'attristate per me.....

A lui lo potro dare
Se lo verra a cercare
Fra mezz'ora
Salite la collina

The tears start with "Sotto il gran ponte de cielo"
"under the great dome of heaven". It is, in the right
hands, just about unbearable. Once heard sung by
Renata Scotto, never forgotte. It has no equal!

Bob

On Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 16:24 kurt youngmann <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> And mine occurs shortly before that, when Sharpless asks the child his
> name and Butterfly tells him to reply, “Today my name is Sorrow. But when
> my father returns it will be Joy!”
>
> Years ago, when I was lecturing on opera, every time I reached that place
> in the story I choked up and had to pause long enough to regain my
> composure.
>
> Kurt Youngmann
>
> > On Dec 4, 2018, at 1:46 PM, Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > 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.
>
>
> “True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual,
> freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth,
> universal brotherhood and good will, and a constant and earnest striving
> toward the principles and ideals on which this country was founded.” -
> Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat, author, and lecturer
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