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Frankly, Sergei Sergeyevich. . .

Posted at 4:43 PM on November 21, 2007 by Rex Levang

In an article in the NY Times* this week, we learn about an intriguing revelation: an unknown version of Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet." It includes among other things, a new ending, in which Romeo and Juliet don't die.

This sparked a little conversation here in the classical department, which in turn sparked some Googling, which led to another intriguing revelation: Prokofiev considered writing an opera based on "Gone with the Wind." Novel combination -- but it has the ingredients of a terrific opera: vivid characters, big emotions, glamour, spectacle, etc. What might have been. . . .

Here's wishing a happy and safe Thanksgiving to readers of Classical Notes!

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