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Dec 10, 2023ยทedited Dec 10, 2023Liked by Opera Daily

All of these aria's have a "dual" quality achieving a double standard as part of the original opera and via other media: web, radio, TV on their own. They mesmerize even out of context as well. In many cases they can serve as an open window into opera itself. as a tool of learning and wonder.

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Obversely, aria's like O PARADISO from Meyerbeer or Depuis La Jour from Charpentier's LOUISE ot O Mio Bambino Caro are now orpahned from their oriiginal context.

Yet, O PARADISO haunts the play by Tom Murphy I directed in Rome called THE GIGLI CONCERT, as does Gigli's voice. I also staged it with Kate Burton in Manhattan but it still awaits a full production here.. Amazing in all these different ways even in Century 21.

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Dec 10, 2023Liked by Opera Daily

O Mio Babbino Caro should be on the list. Puccini 's Gianni Schichi is a comic opera yet this beautiful aria is a heartfelt appeal by the daughter to the her dear father for his approval.

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I did mention BAMBINO in my note yesterday above too.

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Thanks Ayten----Saw thrilling BALLO production at The Met !!

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Dec 22, 2023Liked by Opera Daily

I've always been struck by Scarpia's " tre sbirri una carrozza" leading into "Va, Tosca," which the church is filled with the "Te Deum". It's chilling.

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