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Great Opera Mysteries

Postby bignaf » Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:10 am

you know all those operatic mysteries that aren't resolved in the operas (at least directly)? you don't? here are two examples:
Madame Butterfly: in the middle of the tenor aria "dounque al mondo" the american consul asks the tenor: "milk-lunch o wisky?" and we don't get to hear his answer! what did he choose, milk-punch or whiskey?!?!?! :?:

La boheme: in the 2nd act a child has a prominent solo saying he wants a trumpet and toy horse. the mother doesn't answer! does he get the trumpet and toy horse???!?!

this thread is dedicated to the research of all operatic mysteries, from mysteries whithin the opera, through myyteries regarding the creation of opera, and mysteries regarding opera's creators.

a more serious mystery could be the reason for Rossini's early retirement...

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Postby Shapley » Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:14 am

I suspect the answers were edited out in the final cut. You'll have to buy the 'extended edition' CD to see the missing scenes. All will be revealed! :D

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Postby bignaf » Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:23 am

yes, I bet that's it!

Careful research by Puccini experts reveals that the tenor indicates a preference for Whisky. since later in the scene the consul asks him: "wisky?" and he answers: "un altro bichierre" - another shot... so apparently he already had one, and we can assume an American gentleman of the 19th century wouldn't just grab a shor of whisky, therefore it must have been the shot he must have recived after the consul's previous "milk punch o wisky" question.
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Postby GreatCarouser » Fri Jun 30, 2006 10:43 am

The greatest of these, of course, is why so many are afflicted with the desire to sing an aria once they've been mortally wounded... :?
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Postby bignaf » Fri Jun 30, 2006 11:48 am

I bet if you were mortally wounded, you would also sing an aria! try it! :p
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Postby GreatCarouser » Fri Jun 30, 2006 12:54 pm

bignaf wrote:I bet if you were mortally wounded, you would also sing an aria! try it! :p


Well I'm guaranteed an ovation...any audience that heard me singing opera would surely want me dead!
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Postby bignaf » Fri Jun 30, 2006 1:16 pm

GreatCarouser wrote:
bignaf wrote:I bet if you were mortally wounded, you would also sing an aria! try it! :p


Well I'm guaranteed an ovation...any audience that heard me singing opera would surely want me dead!

ROTFLMAREO
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Postby Catmando » Fri Jun 30, 2006 1:18 pm

bignaf wrote:ROTFLMAREO

Looks like that could be a Brazilian soccer player's name! :lol:
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Postby OperaTenor » Thu Jul 06, 2006 2:10 pm

Do you want answers via PM or publically?
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Postby Bones » Thu Jul 06, 2006 2:24 pm

The great mystery to me is: How could Manon Lescaut die of thirst in New Orleans? One would think they could just walk over to Bourbon Street. They certainly have enough drinking places there.
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Postby bignaf » Thu Jul 06, 2006 2:37 pm

Bones wrote:The great mystery to me is: How could Manon Lescaut die of thirst in New Orleans? One would think they could just walk over to Bourbon Street. They certainly have enough drinking places there.


LOL.

but really, how are they lost in a desert in Louisiana?
I know the answer.... :)
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Postby bignaf » Thu Jul 06, 2006 2:38 pm

OperaTenor wrote:Do you want answers via PM or publically?

whatever you prefer. is your PM working? I think it would be nice to have them public, so everyone can enjoy. :)
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Postby OperaTenor » Thu Jul 06, 2006 3:36 pm

Oh yeah, I momentarily forgot about the broken PM's.

It's fuzzy, but my recollection is the kid didn't get the toys.

And I'm pretty sure Pinkerton went for the whiskey.
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Postby bignaf » Thu Jul 06, 2006 3:39 pm

the kid has been asking for those toys for over 100 years by now, you' think he'd finally get them!
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