Monday, August 1, 2016


Having gone to the Mascagni opera "Iris" last Friday, Bard's College, NY, here are a few highlights.

The tenor aria to enchant the young virgin away from her needy and blind father, kidnap and attempt to ravish her.

The blind father's prayer.

Cieco's prayer 22:54, Libretto p. 5

The virgin Iris' song equating pleasure with death.

Un dì, ero piccina 29:55, p. 28

Final condemnation of the three personae (egoisms): greed, lust, and control; and the concluding triumph of beauty and virginity and light.

Inno del Sole

The three egoisms 12:00, p. 40
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