By Sir Denis Forman
This just a little irreverent advisor to opera summarizes the plots of 17 of the world's nice operas, together with Aida, l. a. Boheme, and Carmen, and describes their characters, artists, and composers.
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What? says Michonnet. She’s in that fridge there says the Abbé. Is she hell I’ll soon see says Adriana (jealous). No! says Maurizio it’s not Duclos: I came here to talk politics. It’s a serious matter. There is a person in the fridge true enough but it’s not Duclos but a political contact. Do you believe me? I believe you says Adriana. We must keep the poncey pair away from the fridge says he. It would be politically disastrous if the person were exposed. You must release the occupant in the dark: and the person must not be seen even by you.
These are dealt with in a summary fashion in the Words list and more fully in the Operatica section. Would true musicologists please look the other way. They must be household names. )They must be well represented on disc. THE OPERAS Adriana Lecouvreur Backstage tragedy Cilea The one about the star of stage and screen whose rival sends her a bouquet of poison gas violets. She sniffs it: snuffs it. CAST Adriana Lecouvreur, star of the Comédie-Française Soprano Michonnet, stage manager of the Comédie Baritone Prince of Bouillon, opera-going prince Bass Princess of Bouillon, his wife Mezzo Abbé of Chazeuil, his companion and social fixer Tenor Maurizio, Count of Saxony Tenor Actors, servants, etc.
This woman says Chénier: named ‘Hope’: he shows a letter. Roucher sniffs the letter. Smells like a tart’s boudoir he says this woman is a cathouse whore. Jesus! says Chénier you’re right. Gimme that passport. I’m off. A parade of the Revolution’s stars goes by: Gérard (rising in the charts) is one of them. He leaves the procession and gives verbal identikit of Maddalena to Incredibile says he must have her. I’ll deliver her tonight says Incredibile. Bersi runs on and tells Chénier an important woman in distress is coming here to meet you.
A Night at the Opera: An Irreverent Guide to the Plots, the Singers, the Composers, the Recordings by Sir Denis Forman