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Mason, Edith

Mason, Edith (22 March 1893)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
361 words

...playing Desdemona to Martinelli and Tibbett, but in 1941 made a single reappearance in Chicago as Mimì. She was twice married to the conductor Giorgio Polacco . O. Thompson : The American Singer (New York, 1937/ R ), 283, 351 A. E. Knight : ‘ Edith Mason, ’ Record Collector , x (1955–6), 75–87 [incl. discography] Richard D. Fletcher...

Elegy for Young Lovers

Elegy for Young Lovers   Quick reference

The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
1,277 words

...remains distraught. 1.viii (‘Beauty in death’) Josef Mauer reports that a body has been found on the Hammerhorn – a young man, almost certainly Frau Mack's husband. 1.ix (‘Who is to tell her?’) Carolina and Dr Reischmann agree that Elisabeth must tell Hilda of the discovery. 1.x (‘Today's weather’) Elisabeth breaks the news to Hilda as carefully as possible. She eventually gets through to the widow in a canonic duet; Toni is impressed by her tact. 1.xi (‘A visionary interlude’) Toni sings a highly expressive aria in which he remembers his mother, long...

Comte Ory, Le

Comte Ory, Le   Quick reference

The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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

...a one‐act vaudeville on the exploits of the libidinous Count Ory, a real‐life Don Juan who became the subject of a popular late 18th‐century ballad. Shortly after settling in Paris Rossini, in his turn, had written a coronation entertainment in 1825 for the French king Charles X , Il viaggio a Reims , one of the supreme masterpieces of occasional music but a piece too closely tied to the circumstances of its composition to survive as an opera‐house repertory work. For Le comte Ory , the music was adapted and extended and the one‐act vaudeville turned into...

Tristan und Isolde

Tristan und Isolde   Quick reference

The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
3,732 words
Illustration(s):
13

...iii). With both ( x ) and ( y ) of ex.1 repeatedly in attendance, Isolde's Narration tells how the wounded Tristan, disguised as ‘Tantris’, came to her to be healed and how she recognized him as Morold's killer: ‘Wie lachend sie mir Lieder singen’. Isolde's determination to slay Tristan in revenge dissolved as he looked pitifully into her eyes – ( y ) is meltingly transformed here – but now she bitterly regrets that she let the sword drop. With heavy irony she mimics Tristan's ‘insulting’ offer to Mark to collect her as bride, and ( x ) undergoes an angry...

Elisir d'amore, L'

Elisir d'amore, L'   Quick reference

The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
2,590 words

...hour, as Nemorino has no money. Belcore is annoyed at Adina's delaying tactics; when Nemorino tells him he needs money right away, Belcore informs him that an enlistment pays a bounty of 20 scudi (duet, ‘Venti scudi’). Belcore describes the manly delights of a soldier's life, which Nemorino will endure to win Adina. Handed the enlistment papers, Nemorino duly affixes his ‘X’. 2.ii A rustic courtyard Giannetta and the village girls gossip about the news that Nemorino's immensely wealthy uncle has died and left him his only heir. Nemorino comes in somewhat...

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny   Quick reference

The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Music, Opera, Performing arts
Length:
2,909 words

... The Maiden's Prayer . Jack declares, ‘That's timeless art’, but Jim is still dissatisfied: ‘No one will ever be happy with this Mahagonny, because there's too much peace and too much harmony and because there's too much to hold on to’. The lights go out. 1.x On the backdrop, in gigantic letters, ‘A typhoon’ is followed by the inscription ‘A hurricane moving towards Mahagonny’. The orchestra plays a fugue and the company bemoans the ‘frightful phenomenon’. People flee and a wind blows leaves and scraps of paper across the stage. An...

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