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Summary of the Book 'A Second Book Of Operas':
Biblical operas.--Bible stories in opera and oratorio.--Rubinstein and his Geistlich oper.--Samson et Dalila.--Die konigin von Saba.--He?rodiade.--Lakme?.--Pagliacci.--Cavalleria rusticana.--The career of Mascagni.--Iris.--Madame Butterfly.--Der rosenkavalier.--Konigskinder.--Boris Godounoff.--Madame Sans-Ge?ne and other operas by Giordano.--Two operas by Wolf-Ferrari.
Excerpts from the Book 'A Second Book Of Operas':
... names too transparent to effect a disguise. Moreover, when this is done, there is always danger that the process may involve a sacrifice of the respect ... ... masterpiece of the most resourceful and fecund French musician since Berlioz. Saint-Saens began the composition of Samson et Dalila in 1869. The author ... ... was nothing of the divine essence in Samson as the Hebrews conceived him, except that spirit of God with which he was directly endowed in supreme ... ... ever efface.. But still the siren song rings in his ears. The maidens who had come upon the scene with Dalila (are they priestesses of Dagon.) ... ... death of her husband for that he had publicly insulted her, but Herod schemes to use his influence over the Jews to further his plan to become a real ... ... 1, 1886, the three women were permitted to interfere with what there is of poetical spirit in the play, and their conversation, like that of the other ... ... had been found. Signori Illica and Giacosa, librettists in ordinary to Ricordi & Co., took the work of making the opera book in hand. Signor Illica's ... ... made over the very convenient Japanese last. Through Mr. Belasco's courtesy I am able to present here a relic of this original Butterfly music. ... ... and lack of cohesion of a Shakespearian drama as contradistinguished from the coherence of purpose and manner of a modern drama. To them also it had ... ... upon to sing, and how he would be expected to sing it. The problem was really not a very large or difficult one, for all great people are turned ... ... The cast at the first performance at the Metropolitan Opera House was as follows:-. Ottavio.Adamo Dfdur Beatrice. Jeanne Maubourg ... ... in Greek tragedy. He lived a care-free, sensuous existence, and either fell under righteous condemnation for his transgressions or walked in the way ... ... They are Die Makkabaer, Sulamith (based on Solomon's Song of Songs) and Christus. The first has had many performances in Germany the ... ... a glimpse of an open heaven and the Almighty on His throne, and a yawning hell, with Satan and his angels exercising their dread dominion. Can such ... ... So far as I can remember there was no likeness between 'Yorick's Love' and 'Pagliacci.' But when I made my version I had not seen or heard 'Pagliacci.'. The ... ... and uncouth change of modes and tonalities, of exotic scales and garish orchestration, and too little of the fundamental element of melody which ... ... rings which her husband had given her. Opposite Alfio's house lived Massaro Cola, who was as rich as a hog, as they said, and who had an only daughter ... ... sought to create in his opera. Thus far the little dramatic matter that has been introduced is wholly expository yet we are already near ... ... of the puppet. The voice of Jor, the son of the sun, is heard-it is Osaka, singing without. The melody is the melody of Turridu's Siciliano, but ... ... assumed by Octavian, mixed when called for by such characters as Valzacchi and his partner in scandal mongery, Annina. To be compelled to forego a knowledge ...