By Sir Denis Forman
This a little bit irreverent consultant 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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Another guest performs on the Steinway. Chénier is unwilling to perform at all. Maddalena makes an obscure wager with friends to get him to say the word ‘love’. He does so: big joke. Chénier nettled embarks on a lengthy dissertation on love including strong anti-clerical anti-aristo attack plus other liberal sentiments (guests are outraged): he finally tells Maddalena she alone is compassionate. She runs out: the Countess diplomatically calls for an instant gavotte. The gavotters are interrupted by a howling peasant mob led by butler Gérard (for it is he).
Morir ** 14: Spirto del nume ** Amneris thinks aloud: frightens herself at the thought of Radames’ death: reflects on her great love for him in a sudden, sweet, lyrical burst of emotion2 (tune lies in the accompanying strings). 6 Impossible says he I love Aida. So go to hell;9 now I hate you says she in the final splendidly forceful ensemble: let me die, says he. Once more Amneris ‘thinks’, this time sadly. Again a sustained tune of great beauty11 in the lower strings. ) Act IV Sc 2 MINUTES FROM THE START 24: Morir!
Incredibile is actually on the trail of Maddalena plus he makes notes on Chénier and Bersi. Roucher arrives and says Chénier old boy things are hotting up they’re after you. You are no longer considered politically correct here’s a passport best scarper quick. Nuts says Chénier. Destiny instructs me to await a meeting with a mysterious woman and eternal love. What woman? says Roucher. 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.
A Night at the Opera: An Irreverent Guide to the Plots, the Singers, the Composers, the Recordings by Sir Denis Forman