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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Sorry mate, Senta is bonkers. Or Richard Wagner's wet dream. Or both.

    Anyway, she makes me feel a bit queasy.
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    Yeah, she's nuts.
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    I like the female characters in comedies where they twist the men around their little fingers, like in Don Pasquale and L'Italiana in Algeri. It's nice to see operas where the main female lead doesn't get stabbed, poisoned, raped, or maliciously seduced. Oh boy, it is tough, being a woman in opera. (And now, speaking seriously, of course it is a reflection of society and it is tough being a woman in society).
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    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Sorry mate, Senta is bonkers. Or Richard Wagner's wet dream. Or both.

    Anyway, she makes me feel a bit queasy.
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    Hmmm, now that you think of it, she does seem to be possessed. But it really may be just a case of fruity.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    I like the female characters in comedies where they twist the men around their little fingers, like in Don Pasquale and L'Italiana in Algeri. It's nice to see operas where the main female lead doesn't get stabbed, poisoned, raped, or maliciously seduced. Oh boy, it is tough, being a woman in opera. (And now, speaking seriously, of course it is a reflection of society and it is tough being a woman in society).
    I consider Norina in Don Pasquale a villaines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Umm. I'm not so sure they can be heroines if they die in the end...
    They die and get the moral victory.

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    This is not my favourite opera heroin but it's a very nice poppy field

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    This is not my favourite opera heroin but it's a very nice poppy field

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I second the Marschallin and Elisabeth, but have to go with Brünnhilde as my first choice. More the Walküre Brünnhilde, though, than say the Götterdämmerung Act II Brünnhilde.
    But she is ANGRY in Götterdämmerung Act II......understandably so!!
    (I just got back from Bayreuth, still living the experience!!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by leonora View Post
    But she is ANGRY in Götterdämmerung Act II......understandably so!!
    (I just got back from Bayreuth, still living the experience!!!)
    Hope you'll share your thoughts about the performances you attended with us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Umm. I'm not so sure they can be heroines if they die in the end...
    In most 19th century operas, the fact that they die is what makes them into heroines!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leonora View Post
    In most 19th century operas, the fact that they die is what makes them into heroines!!!
    Yes, how could we have a herione (or hero) who ends life tottering along in a nursing home? They have to go out with their boots on.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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