how that opera was / poem 88

‘Don Carlo’ was excellent as I expected. I find Verdi to be passionate and the tempos in his music exciting. The plot, hey, it’s a bit weird to have the dead Emperor appear at the end. What did it mean? That he took Don Carlo back to the afterlife with him? Or just have a heart to heart talk with him in the shadows of the cloister? The treatment of women is annoying — a view you might expect from a feminist like me. I usually enjoy the mezzo sopranos in their bad girl roles. The one in this opera, Princess Eboli, was good, as usual. I love that lower voice range and the energetic rebellion of a mezzo.


mezzo means middle
yes, it means your voice but it often
shows a woman either rebel or bad


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