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I thought I was just sitting down for an IPA at Cassell's in Los Angeles one afternoon, but wound up getting in a conversation with the bartender and a regular, who in about an hour taught me a lot of things I didn't know about jazz and opera (I'm a newbie at both). I had been studying Tosca as part of my one-per-month goal for 2016, and as I was leaving the bartender wrote down Thomson Smillie's name and recommended this recording. It is as good as he said, and I just bought the Smillie lecture for L'elisir d'amore for my next opera.
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This is my first listen to any of Smillie’s guides to opera, and I am delighted to find how excellent it is. You are given, in economical fashion, a sense of the opera’s historical context, its dramatic elements, and its musical characteristics. The excerpts of Puccini’s work perfectly punctuate the overview, whetting your taste for the full musical experience.
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