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Subject: Marina, libretto query
From: "M.F. Lang" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:M.F. Lang
Date:Tue, 29 Jun 1999 19:37:54 +0100
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The Spanish radio has just broadcast a new recording, made in La Orotaba,
of Arrieta's sea-shanty opera Marina, a work rich in sailors hoisting the
mainbrace and lovers parting by the seashore. The tenor lead Jorge, a
dashing officer of the Spanish navy, is played by the veteran Canarian
tenor who in the opening aria appears to take liberties with the librettto,
singing very distinctly 'Costas de Levante, playa la de Lloret,'  with much
emphasis on the alveolar occlusive (LloreT), which is not what is sung in
other recordings I have (Palet, Lazaro, Cortis etc.). This version suggests
that the action is taking place in an English package tour resort. This
seems strange, Arrieta himself being Navarrese--Basque, so the location of
this work is more likely to be Guetaria in Biscay, cradle of Pepita Embil,
famous zarzuela soprano and mother of the wandering minstrel. On the other
hand the first words of this aria 'Costas de Levante' would seem to exclude
Guetaria, unless the words actually were 'Costas de Vizcaya,.' this being a
trisyllabic match.  It would be interesting to know whether the words of
the Canarian tenor are   justified by Camprodon''s libretto or whether they
are a liberty. Perhaps some Hispanic correspondent could enlighten us.

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