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    Default A Mandolin at the Opera

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    Default Re: A Mandolin at the Opera

    Don Giovanni, maybe? But that f-hole mandolin is all wrong.

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    ..... but not as wrong as the false facial hair!

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    Men in tights... No thank you!

    Is that a Stradolin?!?!?

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    I was wondering that myself. Kinda looks it, doesn't it?
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    Then there's his technique. He's not really making a chord, and he's not really playing it well. A bit of coaching might help.

    Any idea which opera this is from?
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    That's probably the serenade scene from Mozart's Don Giovanni. The aria is titled "Deh vieni alla finestra"-- in English, "come to the window."
    For those of you who know the old Don Juan story, Giovanni's [Juan in the original Spanish story] purpose in life was to seduce every woman he could. The opera scene portrays an example of him trying to accomplish this by a serenade under her window.

    There is a prominent mandolin part in the aria. I played the mandolin part in the orchestra here many years ago. They needed a mandolin on stage for a prop, so I lent them my Strad-o-lin. So I wonder if this picture was from that performance?? I'm trying to remember what mandolin I played in the pit. It would either have been an old F-4, or possibly a Lyon & Healy B that I no longer own.
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    Aha. That all makes sense. The character depicted is clearly not playing, just using the mandolin as a prop - indeed, he looks like he's posing for a publicity still.

    Here is a performance with the singer acting like he's playing an instrument, rather like a lute, while the mandolin actually being played is hidden from view, preumably in the orchestra pit.




    Here's a concert performance, in which you can see the player from time to time.


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    Men in tights... No thank you!

    Is that a Stradolin?!?!?
    We go around the forest looking for fights! I've got to learn this song.


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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post

    Here's a concert performance, in which you can see the player from time to time.
    Nice oval-hole Levin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    There is a prominent mandolin part in the aria. I played the mandolin part in the orchestra here many years ago. They needed a mandolin on stage for a prop, so I lent them my Strad-o-lin. So I wonder if this picture was from that performance??
    Glad it wasn't an F-5 they used on stage.

    It would be cool if this photo was from your production, rcc. Of course as a pit player you never get a look at what's happening on stage. When I played on a run of D.G. in the eighties in Vancouver, I was told later that the singer on stage was holding a big paper maché mandolin-shaped thingy. I guess no one thought of using a real mandolin.

    (Off topic really, but maybe an expert here can tell us what sort of mandolin would actually be authentic for a Mozart opera.)

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