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#6217 - 12/09/12 03:32 PM Re: Opera 5 [Re: Kay]
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The use of Icarus...Kay calls it flaky, Barbara says it's one error in an otherwise outstanding production. It's such a great painting that I liked seeing it on display all through the opera. True, it imparts a sort of nobility to Gustavo that he doesn't deserve (the only thing he aspires to is Amelia's bed). Maybe the director didn't want the connection to be so much to Icarus but to the act of falling itself.

Incidentally, I liked this production too, and Alvarez surprised me as well. He was terrific.

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#6218 - 12/09/12 04:09 PM Re: Opera 5 [Re: Christopher]
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Originally Posted By: Christopher
Maybe the director didn't want the connection to be so much to Icarus but to the act of falling itself.

Nope. In an interview, director David Alden said:
"Icarus created his own wings but flew too close to the sun and plunged to his death. It's the ultimate image of someone seeking too much pleasure, life, and power, and it somehow accompanies the king throughout the landscape of his adventures and to his death. The king is a sort of Icarus figure."
Uh-oh, Icarus did not create his own wings; his father Daedalus made them for him. But just the idea of falling -- yes, that would have been good. Probably Icarus occurred to Alden simply because the story is so well known. Whom else could he have shown falling? Ozymandias? Would the audience know about those two trunkless legs of stone in the desert? I wouldn't count on it. It's a toughie.

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#6221 - 12/09/12 06:11 PM Re: Opera 5 [Re: Rita]
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I think it was a stretch...given the history of Ballo, which for political reasons has been set in New England and Sweden and various other places...
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#6222 - 12/09/12 06:13 PM Re: Opera 5 [Re: Rita]
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Oh, and according to the previews we are going to get Guilio Cesare updated to the 20th century...
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#6223 - 12/09/12 06:55 PM Re: Opera 5 [Re: Barbara]
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Originally Posted By: Barbara
Whom else could he have shown falling? Ozymandias? Would the audience know about those two trunkless legs of stone in the desert? I wouldn't count on it.

How about Satan's fall from Heaven? Everybody knows THAT story.

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#6224 - 12/09/12 07:30 PM Re: Opera 5 [Re: Lorna]
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Wouldn't work, Lorna. That would elevate Gustavo even higher than Icarus does, starting out in Heaven like that. Gustavo's no heavenly creature...he's not even a good man.

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#6225 - 12/09/12 08:34 PM Re: Opera 5 [Re: Christopher]
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Al Capone.

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#6226 - 12/09/12 10:16 PM Re: Opera 5 [Re: ]
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HA HA HA! Right. The Fall of Al Capone...that would do it.

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#6234 - 12/11/12 07:14 PM Re: Opera 5 [Re: Rita]
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Where's the like button?
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#6250 - 12/15/12 07:10 PM Re: Opera 5 [Re: Kay]
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Oh, what a good Aida! Andrew, I know Aida isn't among your favorites, but I wish you'd seen this one. Sumptuous production and three outstanding singers...very satisfying. I loved the ballet, especially the overhead shots that showed the patterns the dancers were forming (an uptown Busby Berkeley?). And it didn't hurt that Roberto Alagna is so incredibly sexy. grin

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