Plot Twists  

            Date: May 08, 2000 08:54 PM
            Author: Gene C
            Subject: New Plot Twists

            Do the old warhorse operas end too predictably after sitting through
            them for the umpteenth time? Maybe someone should do a bit of a
            re-write on some of them just to keep up our interest, if not just
            for variety's sake. For example, how many times have we seen the
            hapless Tosca leap from the parapet. We think, well, soprano X did a
            better leap than Soprano Y last season, or What a relief that
            soprano Z has at last been dispatched. Why couldn't Mario really NOT
            be shot, but pretend to be while peering at Tosca with one squinted
            eye open as she leaps into the air to meet Scarpia before God. And
            then he would rise up singing a final aria that he is now and
            finally free of this jealous shrew. Then the curtain falls as he
            runs off to be with the beautiful blond who sat for the portrait he
            had been painting when the opera started. Are there any other operas
            that could use a little different plot twist at the end (or at the
            beginning or the middle, for that matter)?

              Date: May 10, 2000 09:55 AM
              Author: Pippo
              Subject: New Plot Twists

              I seem to remember a similar thread a few months ago about
              alternative endings to operas but am not sure what it was called.
              ( The official SR historian Don Operatico probably knows. )
              Anyway, my suggestion was for Madama Butterfly. Instead of waiting
              around for Pinkerton, she gets close - and I MEAN close - to
              Sharpless. So when Pinkerton's letter arrives, Sharpless reads it
              to her in bed. Horrified at the unwelcome news of Pinkerton's
              imminent return, they decide to move house immediately. THE END.
              This thread could mutate into an IHTC project: rewrite all operas
              known to man so that the tenor is written out of the plot by Act

                Date: May 10, 2000 07:18 PM
                Author: Don Operatico (operatico@hotmail.com)
                Subject: New Plot Twists

                I love it!
                There was a thread about ending the opera at the beginning, for
                example (tho' this wasn't in the thread) simply have the Count
                let F and S marry, and voilà! no Nozze di Figaro (which would be
                kind of a drag, admittedly). I'm drawing a blank as to the
                thread's name.

              Date: May 10, 2000 03:06 PM
              Author: Susie M
              Subject: New Plot Twists

              Onegin and Lensky arrive at dawn for their duel, but decide to
              call the whole thing off. Everyone marries and lives happily ever

            Date: May 09, 2000 02:50 AM
            Author: Diane
            Subject: New Plot Twists

            Well, taking one of my pet peeve "Stupid Girl" operas, I think
            Madama Butterfly could use a lesson from Tosca herself.... As
            Butterfly hears Pinkerton's voice, she hides behind the screen. At
            his entrance "Butterfly!" she pulls out a revolver and shoots him
            dead in his tracks.
            Hell hath no fury....

            Date: May 09, 2000 01:35 PM
            Author: Jeff G
            Subject: New Plot Twists

            For those who hate the annual December trottings-out of Amahl and
            the Night Visitors, here's how you could really head things off at
            the pass.
            Amahl plays his pipe, etc., until Mom calls him inside. He yammers
            about the star, but eventually they go to sleep. Outside, Caspar,
            Melchior, and Balthasar confer about stopping for the night in yon
            shepherd's hut. They decide the place is really too ratty for
            royalty, and continue on their way. Curtain.

            Date: May 09, 2000 08:30 PM
            Author: Don Operatico (operatico@hotmail.com)
            Subject: New Plot Twists

            TROVATORE: After Leonora embraces the Count, crying out "Anima mia",
            the two run off and go swimming together, the Count singing "Il
            Balen" and Leonora "D'amor sull'ali rosee". Marnico, miffed, joins
            the priesthood, while Nurse Battle cures Azucena of her pyre
            LA BOHEME: A socialist revolution takes place and introduces
            universal health care, which saves Mimi's life. The six Bohemians
            become the merriest revolutionary junta in history.
            ZAUBERFLÖTE: As Pamina and Papageno sing their lovely duet, they
            discover that they were meant for each other all along. The Queen of
            the Night triumphs over Sarastro, and marries Tamino.
            MARIA DI ROHAN: Armando kills the adulterous tenor in the duel, and
            Chevreuse and Maria live happily ever after.
            DON GIOVANNI: The Don repents, marries Elvira, and lives a life of

            Date: May 11, 2000 02:44 AM
            Author: Beverly
            Subject: New Plot Twists

            Act I, Scene 1: The Marschallin's husband comes home unexpectedly,
            catches her in bed with Octavian, shoots them both.

              Date: May 11, 2000 07:55 AM
              Author: Russel
              Subject: New Plot Twists

              Eva realizes that Walther is a pain-in-the-neck, has a touch of
              dangerous anger in him, and appears to be too arrogant for his own
              good. She calls off the wedding and devotes her life to taking
              care of Hans Sachs in his old age. Or -- alternative ending -- she
              realizes that she is the martyr type and believes her life should
              be spent surviving the boredom and depression of marriage to

                Date: May 11, 2000 07:40 PM
                Author: Don Operatico (operatico@hotmail.com)
                Subject: New Plot Twists

                Maybe, when she marries Beckmesser, she finds he isn't so boring
                and depressing after all, not with all the techniques he knows.

              Date: May 18, 2000 10:09 PM
              Author: Leslie
              Subject: New Plot Twists

              Beverly: That being the case, maybe we could make this new,
              condensed version part of a double bill: Der Rose 'N Cav, maybe?

                Date: May 19, 2000 02:17 AM
                Author: Beverly
                Subject: New Plot Twists

                Good thinking, Leslie, we can call it Jealous Husbands Night!
                Best regards,

            Date: May 13, 2000 08:25 PM
            Author: Olympia
            Subject: New Plot Twists

            After the death of their mother, Lucia and Enrico get family
            counselling. The counsellor helps Enrico resolve his control issues,
            and he blesses the happy marriage of Lucia and Edgardo. Similarly,
            Alfredo's sister realizes she doesn't want to marry a superficial
            snob, and supports the marriage of Violetta and Alfredo. Germonte
            decides to devote a large sum of his money to research for a cure
            for TB, which is discovered by the brilliant, if underappreciated,
            Dr Grenvile.

            Date: May 18, 2000 08:49 PM
            Author: Alexis
            Subject: New Plot Twists

            Instead of just standing there and shouting, "Hey! You can't do
            that!", the Rhinemaidens actually fight for the Rhinegold and drown
            Alberich. Voila! No Alberich's Curse, no Ring. Hunding later tries
            to steal the Rhinegold, and the Rhinemaidens despatch him ,too,
            before he can carry off Sieglinde. She and Siegmund live happily
            ever after--as brother and sister. Siegfried not having been born,
            Brunnhilde is left to be a Valkyrie and Hoyotoho to her heart's
            Alexis :)

              Date: May 18, 2000 09:32 PM
              Author: Don Operatico (operatico@hotmail.com)
              Subject: New Plot Twists

              And what was Wotan up to?

                Date: May 19, 2000 12:04 AM
                Author: Barbara
                Subject: New Plot Twists

                Probably disturbing Erda's sleep.

                  Date: May 19, 2000 09:51 PM
                  Author: Don Operatico (operatico@hotmail.com)
                  Subject: New Plot Twists

                  Wotan has weird tastes in women.

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