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    Cool OTF Short Stories (2022 Edition)

    This is my first opportunity this year to sit at my keyboard, and wish you all a Happy 2022 and a happy Tenth anniversary to Luiz and the team at OperaLively. Thanks for hosting a great community of Opera and music loverrs!

    I have another year of Short Stories in store, and maybe a couple of long OTF posts later this year - more on that in the weeks to come. For now, to start the year right, a flashback to one of my earliest posts.

    Carmen is a French opéra comique by Georges Bizet. The libretto is by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée, first published in 1845, itself possibly influenced by the narrative poem The Gypsies (1824) by Alexander Pushkin. Mérimée had read the poem in Russian by 1840 and translated it into French in 1852.

    Original post - https://operalively.com/forums/showt...al-Carm%C3%A9n

    Active Podcast - https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...14_00_00-08_00

    Archive Page - https://archive.org/details/BizetCarmenCluytens

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    Lightbulb The Opera Alphabet - A is for Aida

    Throughout the year, our OTF shares will enumerate The Opera Alphabet - 26 programs, one for each letter. This fortnight, we begin with the letter A.

    Verdi composed his first opera (Oberto) in 1839 and from then on strung together great works achieving critical and popular success: Nabucco (1842), Rigoletto (1851), Il trovatore (1853), and the list goes on and on. Probably one of Opera’s most celebrated spectacles of excesses, Aida was a commission by the ruler (Khedive) of Egypt for the great opera house he’d inaugurated in Cairo in 1869. Versi’s Rigoletto was the first production put up at the opera house, and so Verdi was approached to create the spectacular stage work.

    Original OTF Post - https://operalively.com/forums/showt...rdi%92s-A%efda

    Active Podcast - https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...14_00_00-08_00 (Part 1) https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...14_00_01-08_00 (Part 2)

    Archive Page - https://archive.org/details/06AidaAct3.OnTheBanksOfThe

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    Opera Alphabet - B for Boheme

    The libretto of La bohème (by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa) is based on Henri Murger's novel, Scènes de la vie de bohème, a collection of vignettes portraying young bohemians living in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840s. Much of the libretto is original; the main plots of acts two and three are the librettists' invention, with only a few passing references to incidents and characters in Murger’s novel.

    Original OTF Post - https://operalively.com/forums/showt...-Loves-Rodolfo

    Active Podcast - https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...14_00_00-08_00 (Acts 1 & 2) https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/i...14_00_01-08_00 (Acts 3 & 4)

    Archive Page - https://archive.org/details/01LaBohmeAct1

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