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Re: What Would be Some Interesting Subjects For New Operas ?
« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2008, 09:18:00 PM »
Talking of comic operas, I bet Some Like It Hot would make a fun comic opera in the 19th-century style, with lots of hiding behind columns and talking to the audience in asides.

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Re: What Would be Some Interesting Subjects For New Operas ?
« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2008, 11:44:00 PM »
There are at least three operas about Rasputin, the last tsar (you're right, Nicolas II), and the tsar's family:

Einojuhani Rautavaara's Rasputin premiered at the Finnish National Opera in 2005, and is available on DVD with the original cast, including Matti Salminen in the title role.  I rented it from Netflix some time ago, and found it worth a second viewing, but I didn't run out and get a copy of my own.

Deborah Dratell’s Nicholas and Alexandra premiered in 2003 at Los Angeles Opera, with Plácido Domingo (!) as Rasputin.  At the time, Domingo said it'd also be released on DVD, but that never happened, and from the reviews I've read, that's just as well.

Jay Reise's Rasputin premiered at the New York City Opera in 1988 with John Cheek in the title role, and as far as I know, was never heard of again.

Wendell, thank you for the 3 operas you mentioned.  I will try to find them.

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Re: What Would be Some Interesting Subjects For New Operas ?
« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2008, 03:20:12 AM »
An Inspector Calls would be a feasable choice. Not too much action, but wordy operas have worked before.
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Re: What Would be Some Interesting Subjects For New Operas ?
« Reply #23 on: November 20, 2008, 01:12:13 PM »
Not too much action, but wordy operas have worked before.
What about My Dinner with Andre or Waiting for Godot;D

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Re: What Would be Some Interesting Subjects For New Operas ?
« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2009, 06:18:43 PM »
How about ...

It ain't over 'til the dead budgie sings:
How a talkative bird and his mistress inspired an opera


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1165771/It-aint-til-dead-budgie-sings-How-talkative-bird-mistress-inspired-opera.html?ITO=1490
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Re: What Would be Some Interesting Subjects For New Operas ?
« Reply #25 on: March 30, 2009, 12:39:38 AM »
How about ...

It ain't over 'til the dead budgie sings:
How a talkative bird and his mistress inspired an opera


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1165771/It-aint-til-dead-budgie-sings-How-talkative-bird-mistress-inspired-opera.html?ITO=1490

It defies everyone's imagination here so far, doesn't it? I'd be interested in listening to this sometime. I love budgies almost as much as I love opera.  8)

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Re: What Would be Some Interesting Subjects For New Operas ?
« Reply #26 on: March 30, 2009, 09:38:47 AM »
Jaws  ;D

Seriously, I like the Moby Dick idea.