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Joking Apart

A: Alan Ayckbourn Pf: 1978, Scarborough Pb: 1979 G: Com. in ...

Platée

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
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1,407 words

...by another storm symphony, during which Aquilons (North Winds) force the nymphs back into their swamp. A ct 2 The same Mercury explains to Cithaeron that he has hoodwinked Juno into going to Athens in the hope of surprising Jupiter and his new love. ‘Look, there she goes’, he jokes, pointing to a passing cloud. He and the king wait for Jupiter to arrive, and hide as his cloud descends. Plataea cautiously approaches the cloud (‘A l'aspect de ce nuage’). She is amazed when the god manifests himself first as a donkey (its braying, which Plataea mistakes for...

Gioconda, La

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
2,276 words

...all fall on their knees in prayer, among them Gioconda, heartbroken at Enzo's betrayal, and La Cieca, who tries vainly to comfort her. Act 2 ‘The Rosary’ A brigantine It is night. Sailors and midshipmen are making ready to sail. Barnaba arrives in the guise of a fisherman and jokes with the crew, who echo the refrain of his barcarolle (‘Pescator, affonda l'esca’). He orders Isèpo to prepare an assault on the brigantine and leaves to fetch Laura. As he waits for her, Enzo apostrophizes the nocturnal scene in the aria ‘Cielo e mar’, one of the gems of the...

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