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Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0778  Friday, 8 September 2006

[1] 	From: 	Stuart Manger <
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 	Date: 	Tuesday, 5 Sep 2006 18:38:46 +0100 (BST)
 	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0762 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera

[2] 	From: 	Ruth Ross <
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 	Date: 	Tuesday, 5 Sep 2006 18:07:47 -0400
 	Subj: 	RE: SHK 17.0762 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera

[3] 	From: 	John Crowley <
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 	Date: 	Wednesday, 06 Sep 2006 20:15:05 -0400
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[4] 	From: 	Terence Hawkes <
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 	Date: 	Friday, 8 Sep 2006 12:14:52 +0100
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From: 		Stuart Manger <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 5 Sep 2006 18:38:46 +0100 (BST)
Subject: 17.0762 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0762 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera

Please, NO! Gene, don't do it! Please!

Stuart Manger

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From: 		Ruth Ross <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 5 Sep 2006 18:07:47 -0400
Subject: 17.0762 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera
Comment: 	RE: SHK 17.0762 Lyrics for My Hamlet Opera

I think you mean "bear/The whips and scorns of life" instead of "bare. . 
."

No?

Ruth Ross

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From: 		John Crowley <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 06 Sep 2006 20:15:05 -0400
Subject: 	Lyrics for Hamlet Opera

While everyone knows that the librettos of operas based on great plays 
need not be great for the operas to be great, still this seems to require 
a hell of a lot of great music to redeem it.  Why would anyone not himself 
or herself a composer, with compelling (at least to him/herself) musical 
ideas, even begin to carve up the supine body of Hamlet in this fashion? 
It's hard to know which is worse, the old stuff stripped down, the 
misunderstandings of what was originally said, or the new stuff added in. 
And not even to make easily sung rhyme and meter.

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From: 		Terence Hawkes <
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Date: 		Friday, 8 Sep 2006 12:14:52 +0100
Subject: 	Lyrics for my Hamlet Opera

Gene Tyburn's marvellous conceit, with Hamlet entering 'bedraggled reading 
from a small book deep in thought', at last gives SHAKSPER the masterful 
voice that colleagues sought. The superb metrical fluency of such lines as

'Despised love, the laws unjust
The mother I thought I could trust'

has an asperity that's truly  impossible to match. I can recall only the 
taut irony of Richard Curtis's 'The Skinhead Hamlet'. There Ophelia's 
plangent discourse 'Here, cop a whack of this' takes all before it. And of 
course it's followed by Claudius's cleverly adumbrated 'Get on with it, 
slag', which makes all comment superfluous.

T. Hawkes

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