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    The closing scene of Luisa Miller is lovely.

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    Best suicide, or at least the most inventive: Selika in L'Africaine. She commits suicide by poisonous tree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Operafocus View Post
    Day 10: Best suicide

    Tosca
    Specially in the (apocryphal?) story of the performance where the stagehands put in a trampoline.....


    But, getting back to the question, Samson's death.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnaMendoza View Post
    Specially in the (apocryphal?) story of the performance where the stagehands put in a trampoline.....
    Please tell me it's not apocryphal... I love that story, having first encountered it at an early age in Gerald Durrell's "My family and other animals", in that case about a Greek opera house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    ... Gerald Durrell's "My family and other animals", in that case about a Greek opera house.
    Sorry to go OT for a minute but that is one of my favourite books. Entrails trailing across the verandah, Bootle-Bumtrinket & the "maggenpies"
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    7. Opera that best illustrates Murphy's Law (whatever can go wrong, will go wrong).
    Otello (poor Desdemona)

    8. Best seduction scene.


    Is it Vogliatemi bene a seduction?

    9. Opera composer most likely to win in a bar fight.
    Ruggero Leoncavallo. Knockout with one blow!



    10. Best suicide.
    Werther. You know that in the original Goethe's story Werther shoot himself in the head?
    Luckily in the opera he did it in chest ... and we have chance to hear that beautiful ending scene while he's dying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Please tell me it's not apocryphal... I love that story, having first encountered it at an early age in Gerald Durrell's "My family and other animals", in that case about a Greek opera house.
    That's where I read it first, too! But I was just a little kid and didn't know anything about opera, so it didn't mean much to me then. I don't know if it's apocryphal or not. Tosca, maybe because of its intense melodramatic nature, seems to collect comic-relief stories. Tosca and the Trampoline. Tosca and the Unrehearsed Firing Squad.

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    Day 10: Best suicide

    Suor Angelica

    "Here, I'll drink this poison so I can join my dead baby in heaven. Glug glug glug. Oh wait, I've just committed a mortal sin! (Somehow I didn't know that, even though I've been a *nun* for seven freakin' years.) Now I'm really screwed! Help me, Virgin Mary! Oh, there you are, with my dead baby, inviting me to join you in heaven! I'm saved! Yay! Now I can die! Oooooohhhh . . ."

    Phew! . . . *That* was a close call!

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    10. Best suicide

    Otello

    Tosca

    both deeply tragic !
    In a world which is ruled by gangsters and maniacs, art means nothing but just a junk food and there's no hope for human's salvation throughout... (Shāmlou)

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    Day 11: Opera house you've visited most

    Cincinnati's Music Hall, simply because it's been my local opera company for almost 15 years.
    Outside of the local area, it would have to be the Met.

    BTW: that story of Tosca and the trampoline supposedly originated at the New Orleans Opera when Carol Neblett was singing the role. Apparently, she could be "difficult," and antagonized the stage crew to the point that they went looking for a bit of revenge. (Now, of course, I'll need to check the web to see if there's any mention of this story.)

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    Teatro Real (Madrid) / Teatro de la Zarzuela (Madrid) / Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona)

    Outside Spain, Metropolitan Opera House (New York) and Teatro alla Scala (Milan).

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    Metropolitan Opera House, back in the days when I was living in and around New York City.

    Unfortunately, that was many years ago, and I don't have the same opportunities where I am now. But that's OK . . . I couldn't afford it anyway!

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    Sorry, I've been very busy this week and unable to participate. But I will jump in here...

    Covent Garden (the old one) and English National Opera during the 1970s when I lived in London; Bayerische Staatsoper during the 1980s when I lived in Munich.

    I have only been to the Met once, but hope to remedy that this fall!

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    Royal Opera House.

    Also been to Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich & Deutsche Oper, Berlin & going back to Munich next July for the Festival.
    Ann

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    Day 11: Opera house you've visited most

    San Diego Civic Theater

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