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Subject: Suggested Opera Plots
From: Scott Grunow <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Tue, 11 Aug 1998 21:03:21 EDT
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I've always thought Shakespeare's Coriolanus would make an interesting opera
with harsh, astringent, minimalist music. Volumnia, the mother, would be a
grand part for a dramatic mezzo, something that Rita Gorr or Astrid Varnay
would have sung.

Bryon's Manfred would also make an interesting opera in the Wagnerian mode,
with the the lead sung by a Siegfried type of voice, a la John Vickers.

How about I, Claudius by Robert Graves as an opera? Livia, yes, another part
for a formidable dramatic mezzo. What voice range would Claudius be? And
Messalina, yes, a sensual, sultry soprano part calling for a Renee Fleming
type of voice.

And how about Gone with the Wind? (?!) Whew! That prospect might be longer
than Die Meistersinger. Scarlett: mezzo or soprano? Rhett, definitely a
baritone. Ashley, tenor. Melanie, soprano. Mammy, contralto.

Scott Grunow, aka Zia Cloe

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