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This opera has always annoyed me, the beautiful music notwithstanding. It seems not to question the whole concept that a woman is a man's property. This deeply offends me.
You are completely right in that not just this opera but the operatic genre in general is heavily patriarchal. In all of my favorite operas, I have to dissociate myself from the meaning of the story the opera is narrating and concentrate exclusively on the music. This is why I prefer to listen to operas in the languages that I don't understand. :-)
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