By Sir Denis Forman [Forman, Sir Denis]
This a little irreverent consultant to opera summarizes the plots of 17 of the world's nice operas, together with Aida, l. a. Boheme, and Carmen, and describes their characters, artists, and composers.
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It’s no good Adriana is raving mad and declaims unsuitable lines from plays she has performed. She writhes in agony and carries on something terrible but in the tradition of all mad dying operatic heroines she enjoys a short burst of sanity to deliver a touching last aria. Expires. LOOK OUT FOR Act I MINUTES FROM THE START 4: Dell’ augei di Leda * 6: Troppo signori, troppo ** 13: Adriana! * 18: La dolcissima effigie ** 23 : Or dunque Abate ** 27: Ecco il monologo ** The show-biz clatter of the opening scenes abates only slightly when the poncey pair, the Prince and the Abbé, start their backstage rounds.
And musically it flows naturally and convincingly to its great climax. ) NOTES Andrea Chénier Giordano’s fourth First night La Scala, Milan, 28 March 1896 Reception Good Libretto Illica (of Puccinian fame) Source An Illica original, based on real events in the French Revolution NEWS AND GOSSIP Illica’s libretto followed the current fashion for so-called ‘verismo’. But Chénier is a million miles away from what we would call a drama-doc or a dramatic reconstruction. It is a romance peppered with real names and supposed real sounds of the Revolution and maybe in the right production it might catch some whiff of the true mood of the time.
Asks Adriana. Have you been promoted Company Commander yet? My boss the Count of Saxony (ho ho) keeps promising but never delivers says he: bastard. I am seated in Box 3 let’s meet after the show. Adriana gives him a posy of violets. Both exit. The poncey pair come on. I got the letter says the Abbé. ’ Zut! says the Prince: 42 RR is the house I use for assignations with Duclos: double-crossing whore and Zut! again. The letter is addressed to Box 3 says the Abbé. It’s that Maurizio says the Prince.
A Night at the Opera by Sir Denis Forman [Forman, Sir Denis]