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FULL Wine, Women and Song in Opera Documentary Princeton 2021

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  • Published by: Princeton Festival  
  • Date Published: 2021  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: yessubs, ensubs, gensubs  
  • Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO

TIMOTHY URBAN, adjunct associate professor, Rutgers University
The stereotypical opera ends with one or more characters dying, but before these tragic endings there is often great jollity. Operas overflow with drinking songs. From the exhilarating Brindisi, “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” in Verdi’s La Traviata, to the equally lively “Glücklich ist, wer vergisst” in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, and Mascagni’s “Viva il vino” in Cavalleria Rusticana, some drinking songs are joyfully effervescent and innocent. Others, such as Iago’s cunning “Inaffia l’ugola” in Verdi’s Otello, and Don Giovanni’s “Finch’han dal vino” have hidden meanings. Of course, a unifying motivation behind all these songs is a beautiful woman (or sometimes several!). So pour yourself a glass of your favorite drink and join us for a light-hearted romp through some of opera’s most intoxicating music.

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