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    The good, the bad and the ugly. What a trio at the end. Endless possibilities with Sergio Leone.
    "First I sing loud. When I start to run out of breath I sing softer" Giuseppe Di Stefano on his Faust high c diminuendo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diminuendo View Post
    The good, the bad and the ugly. What a trio at the end. Endless possibilities with Sergio Leone.
    Once Upon a Time in the West is already sort of quasi-operatic, isn't it? Especially in the way all the characters have their own themes...

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    The problem with westerns is that for the most part, the protagonists are strong but silent archetypes. You can't really imagine Clint Eastwood breaking out into extended song to express how he's feeling about something. It seems like a polar opposite of the role, something that the Simpsons beautifully captured when the family gathered to watch that musical with Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood, Paint Your Wagon.


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    Ben-Hur. With the chariot race staged as a ballet.

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    I think we could do with more operatic comedies and more Spanish operas so I think Almodovar's Todo sobre mi madre would make a great opera.

    From Wikipedia:
    "The film grew out of a brief scene in The Flower of My Secret, telling the story of a mourning mother who, after reading the last entry in her dead son's journal about how he wishes to meet his father for the first time, decides to travel to Barcelona in search of the boy's father. She must tell the father that she had their son after she left him many years ago, and that he has now died. Once there, she encounters a number of odd characters - a transsexual prostitute, a pregnant nun, and a lesbian actress - all of whom help her cope with her grief.

    The film revisited Almodóvar's familiar themes of the power of sisterhood and of family. Dedicated to Bette Davis, Romy Schneider and Gena Rowlands, All About My Mother is steeped in theatricality, from its backstage setting to its plot, modeled on the works of Federico García Lorca and Tennessee Williams, to the characters' preoccupation with modes of performance.

    The comic relief on the film centers on Agrado, a pre-operative transsexual. In one scene, she tells the story of her body and its relationship to plastic surgery and silicone, culminating with a statement of her own philosophy: “you get to be more authentic the more you become like what you have dreamed of yourself”.[37]

    All About My Mother received more awards and honors than any other film in the Spanish motion picture industry.[38] Its recognition includes an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, a Golden Globe in the same category, Best Director Award and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Award at Cannes;[39] the French Cesar for Best Foreign Film, the Goya Award as best film of the year, best Actress in a Leading Role for Argentine actress Cecilia Roth and a twelfth Annual European Film Award."

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    I think we could do with more operatic comedies and more Spanish operas so I think Almodovar's Todo sobre mi madre would make a great opera.

    From Wikipedia:
    "The film grew out of a brief scene in The Flower of My Secret, telling the story of a mourning mother who, after reading the last entry in her dead son's journal about how he wishes to meet his father for the first time, decides to travel to Barcelona in search of the boy's father. She must tell the father that she had their son after she left him many years ago, and that he has now died. Once there, she encounters a number of odd characters - a transsexual prostitute, a pregnant nun, and a lesbian actress - all of whom help her cope with her grief.

    The film revisited Almodóvar's familiar themes of the power of sisterhood and of family. Dedicated to Bette Davis, Romy Schneider and Gena Rowlands, All About My Mother is steeped in theatricality, from its backstage setting to its plot, modeled on the works of Federico García Lorca and Tennessee Williams, to the characters' preoccupation with modes of performance.

    The comic relief on the film centers on Agrado, a pre-operative transsexual. In one scene, she tells the story of her body and its relationship to plastic surgery and silicone, culminating with a statement of her own philosophy: “you get to be more authentic the more you become like what you have dreamed of yourself”.[37]

    All About My Mother received more awards and honors than any other film in the Spanish motion picture industry.[38] Its recognition includes an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, a Golden Globe in the same category, Best Director Award and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Award at Cannes;[39] the French Cesar for Best Foreign Film, the Goya Award as best film of the year, best Actress in a Leading Role for Argentine actress Cecilia Roth and a twelfth Annual European Film Award."

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    I love this movie. I also remember a stage production of it at the Old Vic in London with Diana Rigg as the diva.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    6. Favorite opera director.

    Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. His early death was a tragedy

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    Iago's Credo aria in Otello

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    The Poker Scene in La fanciulla del west

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    Quote Originally Posted by nina foresti View Post
    The Prelude of Mefistofele.
    Oops. I really am unable to follow this sequence. Very strict rules. I see that I came late to the party and my choices are all over the place. Faustian: H-E-L-P!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    On the Waterfront with Alagna/Damrau/Lucic

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    6. Favorite opera director.

    Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. His early death was a tragedy
    Are we there yet? I'm getting a mite confused.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queen of the Nerds View Post
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    Post #2 specifies that the Question Day resets at 8:30 a.m. CST = 9:30 a.m. EST = 2:30 p.m. GMT.

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    6. Dmitri Tcherniakov.

    His re-imagining of Don Giovanni as a familial drama in the Aix production with Bo Skovhus was brilliant. I also appreciated his Met Prince Igor which spared us from another Polovtsian Dances straight out of National Geographic.

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    Director? Zeffirelli

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