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Juxtaposing Nino Rota and Wagner is audacious and interesting. They both had a profound impact in popular culture through their music. Rota's music is still haunting in so many ways. Normally, I would never have thought of this. But it is also a way to look at popular music as the inverse of classical music and how they both can reach our souls.

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I also heard Nilsson with Jess Thomas in TRISTAN @ The Met; superb. As well as Jon Vickers, unforgettable.

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Jan 18, 2022·edited Jan 18, 2022Liked by Opera Daily

I would say the composer of The Godfather shamelessly lifted a theme from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale as explained here: http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php?topic=17536.0

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!!!!!

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If you want to read more, these are two great articles on Wagner (and his music’s tense history):

https://radioopensource.org/wagner-and-wagnerism/

https://conversationswithtyler.com/episodes/alex-ross/

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