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Semiramide Reigns At the Met – Part VII

Dear Readers: Today it is time to end the sad story of Queen Shammu-Ramat of Babylon.  I believe that I have established, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the Magi were behind all of the so-called “supernatural” features of … Continue reading

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Semiramide Reigns At the Met – Part VI

Dear Readers: Continuing to probe into the Semiramide backstory, as penned by the French playwright Voltaire.  And the backbone, so to speak, of this backstory, consists of those wonderful men called the Magi.  Who constituted a caste within the ruling … Continue reading

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Semiramide Reigns At the Met – Part V

Dear Readers: Still continuing to break down the Semiramide backstory.  Which is not only a murder mystery, but also a political thriller, involving two major castes struggling for power in ancient Babylon of, roughly, 850 B.C.  According to wiki, the … Continue reading

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Semiramide Reigns At the Met – Part IV

Dear Readers: Continuing in Semiramide mode by attempting to put together the backstory.  I skimmed Voltaire’s play, and it seems like Gaetano Rossi’s libretto stuck very closely to Voltaire (with the inevitable simplifications required to turn a play into an … Continue reading

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Semiramide Reigns At the Met – Part III

Dear Readers: Continuing my review of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Rossini’s great opera Semiramide, which I saw this past weekend on the Live in HD.  As my loyal readers and fellow opera buffs know, I like to break down … Continue reading

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Semiramide Reigns At the Met – Part II

Dear Readers: Yesterday we touched on the theme of Bel canto opera and why it is so great.  Bel canto is one of the crowning jewels of the European musical legacy, Europe’s gift to the world, which includes the invention … Continue reading

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Semiramide Reigns At the Met – Part I

Dear Readers: This past weekend I saw (via the Live in HD series at IMAX cinemas) a marvelous production of Gioachino Rossini’s stupendous tragic opera Semiramide. And I even learned how to pronounce this Babylonian Queen’s name in English — … Continue reading

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