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Jennifer Riley
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Jennifer Riley commented on a video on YouTube.
Wow, E. Jamie, you excel at videos, by any measure: academic course, entertainment industry, and fan appreciation. Kinda unbelievable that when Outlander was published, MTv existed but YouTube did not.

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Jennifer Riley commented on a video on YouTube.
Rossini's music set against a herringbone background. At least set designers have a good look at the result 8]

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Interesting in this production, Zerlina is Donna Anna's daughter. Answer to the question: where are all the mothers?

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Thanks! technique similar to literary analysis and explication.

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For music, Master Class: where did the term come from, studying with the Maestro? (my guess) it's interesting to watch coaching/mentoring. Also interesting to listen to any improvement, whether overt or subtle. It's great insight into another profession. It's great behind-the-scenes look rather then just seeing the final result on stage.

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Jennifer Riley commented on a video on YouTube.
Excellent. I liked the earlier comment that DG is a change agent for women's role. Humans resist change. He's an agent of change, not perfect, no one could be (Davide's portrait was/is an break with art tradition at the time). Elvira's choices as a woman: marriage or convent; Don Giovanni is one step along the path that changes the choices.

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Jennifer Riley commented on a video on YouTube.
Snow-no! Glad everything worked out. Cincinnati set-sounds wonderful, as if it will reference both Macerata Fest (mirrors) and Vienna (picture frames). Major discussion question in the future could be:Don Giovanni is there a difference between US productions compared to European productions?  sounds like maybe no.

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Jennifer Riley commented on a video on YouTube.
Interesting interview with Maestro Callegari; I've never thought of the difference between orchestras playing symphony versus opera. Da Ponte, the librettist, wow. At least we know from Leopold Mozart that Wolfgang had to wait on Da Ponte, who was busy with another commission, before the two could start composing and writing. We know Mozart wrote nearly note perfect compositions the first time. Did Da Ponte come up with exactly the correct words the first time? maybe we'll never know. And who wrote the actual words on Mozart's composition pages (archived in Paris(?))--Mozart or Da Ponte?!?

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The major gap in recorded history is knowing how Mozart and Da Ponte worked together. Wouldn't they have been forced to do major composing and writing at Mozart's clavier? there's no definitive way of knowing but the idea of going to a coffeehouse, I don't know. Maybe technology will advance to the point, in another century, we can coalesce and condense their voices from thin air (I wish). I remember reading that Mozart warned Da Ponte no poetry for the sake of poetry.
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