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Subject: ITALIAN DIGEST 5 JULY 1997
From: Giorgio Migliavacca <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sat, 5 Jul 1997 10:28:14 -0400
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>From the desk of GIORGIO MIGLIAVACCA (British Virgin Islands)

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ITALIAN DIGEST 5 JULY 1997

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SEVEN MATTRESSES AND QUITE  A FEW BOOS FOR TOSCA

TOSCA'S BLOOPERS



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LA SCALA: APPLAUSE AND BOOS GREET TOSCA

While  most of the public applauded, the galleries insisted on booing the
new Tosca. At one point  someone from the stalls yelled "shame!" to the
loggionisti (galleries regulars). Bravo too, but also widespread signs of
disagreement directed to just about all the singers. So says Corriere della
Sera (5 July 1997).
Raimondi was  generously applauded at the end of Act II, but he was also the
target of some boos. Backstage the singers were in a jolly mood.
The house was filled to capacity with many tourists in the audience.
As many as seven mattresses were used to buffer Tosca's jump  from St.
Angelo' Castle.  This was overly-cautious since the landing point was hardly
ten feet below....better safe the sorry.


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RISQUE? MAY BE! BUT  TOSCA IS ALSO A  RISKY OPERA

Floria Tosca -- or the perilous opera.
Francesco Colombo in a short editorial side-bar published today by Corriere
della Sera (5 July 1997) gives a short list of unfortunate accidents that
marred Tosca performances of the past.

*** New York 1920s -- Maria Jeritza (too hot to handle) stabs Scarpia
(Antonio Scotti) and actually wounds him. Scotti  escapes  death by sheer luck.

***Covent Garden 1965 -- Callas fumbles too much with candle-holders and
candelabra; as a result her  wig goes up in fire. Scarpia (Gobbi) comes to
the rescue and then while quenching the fire, he  takes her to....bed. Gobbi
should  have won an oscar award for  the best "fireman" ever to sing on an
opera stage.  Not only he saved the performance, he also saved the
primadonna from going up in.....smoke.

***Caracalla Baths, Rome 1965 -- Tenor Gianni Raimondi faces the  rifles
ready to die in a manly manner. The shots are real and the tenor is scorched
by a few wild bullets but survives.

***Colon, Buenos Aires 1970s -- same as Caracalla, tenor Giorgio Merighi
survives.

***Macerata, Sferisterio, Italy, 1995 -- Tenor Fabio Armiliato is shot, he
falls dead as expected. Then.....he gets up  painfully howling (meanwhile
Tosca /Kabaivanska  sings "How beautiful my Mario is...drop dead! (to
Scarpia of course)....Here is an artist!". Mario moves on limping very badly
and bleeding from his left leg. As if nothing had happened Kabaivanska
instead of helping Mario, goes to the parapet and jumps from the Castle.

***Met -- (is this true?) Caballe jumps from the Castle and bounces back --
quite a  sight [Giorgio's note --  I read in a booklet on Opera's biggest
disasters that this had happened earlier on in another place to a soprano
who had to change her name because of a similar accident; perhaps Colombo is
confusing this one with Caballe]

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GIORGIO MIGLIAVACCA
P.O. BOX 704
ROAD TOWN - TORTOLA
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - West Indies

GIORGIO MIGLIAVACCA
RUSHIT BOX 11156
ST THOMAS VI
00801-4156 USA

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Co' fanciulli e coi dementi
Spesso giova il simular

With children and demented people
It is often best to pretend

[Rigoletto, Act II]

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Winston Churchill was once asked if he knew where
the British Virgin Islands were: "I have no idea," he said
"but I should think they are as far as possible from
the Isle of Man".

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