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Dana 2022-07-09 14:08:34

When watching "Farinelli", I naturally think of "Farewell My Concubine". Farinelli and Cheng Dieyi, in the eyes of others, they are perfect in both art and appearance. But, in fact, it's the opposite. Farinelli's body and art are incomplete; Cheng Dieyi's life and mind are never complete. Their beauty is destined to fall.
Farinelli's art existed from the very beginning because of God. Man can sacrifice his dignity and his body to create a voice that is pleasing to God. So the moment that lie was created, Farinelli's life was nothing but his voice. It is only his voice that people sing and chase. Even his only relative, brother Rigado, exists for his voice. Even if he wanted to pursue his true artistic dreams, Handel rejected him because of his voice.
Art creation is a process of self-examination, and when Farinelli discovers that what he has been creating is not real art, his ego is lost. He chose to destroy the splendor he created with his own hands, become the king's nightingale, and collect himself. "Is the world really hell? Farinelli, call back the sun," the king said to him, believing that his singing could really call Apollo's chariot, but Farinelli knew that he only It can create illusions for people, rather than creating art that really belongs to the world. Fortunately, he finally found his only soul mate and obtained a child who could continue his life. This is the rebirth of Farinelli.
Rigado wrote "Orpheus" only for Farinelli, it was their agreement. It was agreed that the two would share everything from now on—music, honor, women. But Farinelli said, "You'll never be able to finish it, and I'll never be able to sing it." When he heard this, Rigado didn't understand at all, because at the moment he was immersed in the kind of In the brilliance, although many of these applause and praise are unreal. Until he also found out that his music and life for his younger brother was a mistake, Rigado completely collapsed. In ensemble with Handel, he was successful as a music creator, his music was recognized, and he was recognized as a master of music. From Handel's praise, we can know that Orpheus was not a failure, but Rigado finally chose to burn his exhausted works, because then he could say goodbye to the past and start anew. The child is both the continuation of Farinelli's life and the rebirth of Rigado.
Handel is the person who knows how to stick to his art the most in the whole play. I think he is the only one among the three who can be called an artist. Although he stabbed Farinelli and Rigado with vicious words as soon as he appeared on the stage, he saw that, because he gave all his life to art, he couldn't take any consideration or tolerate anything, he thought. , insulting the existence of art. Art, in Handel's mind, is the highest justice, and he is willing to give everything for real art, even giving up his creation. For the two brothers, Handel played the role of a guide to a certain extent. He pointed out the lies of the brothers and made them face each other for the first time in so many years; he made Farinelli understand the true meaning of art; He told Rigado what was the right choice and how music should be composed. An artist who fights with music, Handel.
Think of Cheng Dieyi again. It must be said that Farinelli was happier than him. Cheng Dieyi has been entangled in the dream of Concubine Yu and the Overlord all his life, and this dream was broken by his "Overlord" himself. Xiaodouzi was cut off by her mother to cut off her extra fingers, so it was not a castration. Although they were both forced to give up their male identities, Farinelli never gave up and was active in getting certified. Farinelli had hoped to prove that he was a real man by conquering women and becoming a father, and he finally achieved this desire through art and love, or he finally realized that this was not the point of the question. But Cheng Dieyi could not get out of this maze. In the persecution and hints again and again, his human instincts succumbed to his art and his love.
The existence of art is to meet the needs of human development and the needs of human spiritual growth. Intersecting the process of art activities with others is equivalent to incorporating other people's thinking and emotions into one's own cognitive system, thereby generating new thinking or emotions, and creating and appreciating activities greatly enriches people's thinking and emotional experience. Therefore, art and human nature should be harmoniously blended, but in many cases, art inadvertently destroys the beauty of human nature. Because, under certain circumstances, neither art nor humanity is free. For example, the so-called preference of gods, the voice of angels, the taste of dignitaries, the struggle of political power and money, the cowardice and cruelty in human nature, and so on. These all hinder the development of art and human nature. In particular, there are obstacles in human nature, which are more difficult to resist and remove.
Only when both art and human nature are liberated can art and human nature be merged in the end. Farinelli, Rigado, Handel did it. Cheng Dieyi, Duan Xiaolou, did they understand again at the last moment?

Reference material: "Intimation - Analysis of the Many Psychological Indications of Cheng Dieyi in "Farewell My Concubine" He Shuzhen

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  • Carlo Broschi: I admire your nerve, madame, in daring to defy Handel.

    Countess Mauer: Women are very strong, signor Farinelli. Men's weaknesses make it necessary.

  • Carlo Broschi: [on Riccardo's opera "Orpheo"] You'll never finish it!