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La Gioconda at the Metropolitan OperaThe New York Times, September 26, 2008
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AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Leon Botstein, Music Director
Celebrates its 46th Season with:
ÉDOUARD LALO'S LE ROI D'YS
A tale of passion, scorn and redemption.
A city faced with watery annihilation.
And the King's daughter behind it all.
Friday, October 3rd at 8PM
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
FOR TICKETS CALL : 212.868.9ASO
or VISIT WWW.AMERICANSYMPHONY.ORG
Join Maestro Leon Botstein 75 minutes prior to performance for an illuminating pre-concert discussion. Located at the Avery Fisher Hall Mainstage.
American Symphony Orchestra |
September 26, 2008 at 12:40 PM
Re your comments on the La Gioconda libretto (which admittedly is terrible and illogical). I have now read the play that was the source of the story: Victor Hugo's ANGELO, TYRANT OF PADUA. While the names and some of the professions have been changed, and while that plot is even more fantastic in its way, it is a paragon of clarity compared to what Boito did to it. Once you have read the play, the opera is far more understandable -- and so is the fact that Boito had a long way to go before being able to triumph with Otello and Falstaff. No wonder he had so many problems with his own operas!
Clare Juddson Kagel |
September 27, 2008 at 03:25 PM
Thanks, Clare, I really did wonder about just that possibility, but didn't have the time to track down the play and read it beforehand.
Steve Smith |
September 27, 2008 at 10:08 PM
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