Sir Denis Forman's A Night at the Opera: An Irreverent Guide to the Plots, the PDF

By Sir Denis Forman

ISBN-10: 0679445536

ISBN-13: 9780679445531

This a 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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Now the Abbé proposes getting candles and opening the fridge. Adriana interposes, as instructed. The Abbé goes off to get the Prince: Michonnet stands guard. Adriana blows out the candles and opens the fridge and the Princess jumps out. What now? she says. Escape! says Adriana. All exits are blocked says the Princess. Here’s a secret key says Adriana. Get out. Who are you? asks the Princess. Mind your own business says Adriana. Do you know Maurizio? asks the Princess. By the way I love him. He’s mine.

Enter Johnny the Composer. Get the first violins here for a final rehearsal Jim he says to a lackey. All fiddles are on duty in the governor’s salon says the lackey rudely. The Composer thinks of a tune. He gets involved in a row between the Tenor and a member of the wardrobe department. Zerbinetta comes out of her dressing room and chats with a posse of backstage folk. Whossat? asks the Composer. A member of the comedy act coming on after your opera says the Music Director. Comedy act? After my show?

Escape! says Adriana. All exits are blocked says the Princess. Here’s a secret key says Adriana. Get out. Who are you? asks the Princess. Mind your own business says Adriana. Do you know Maurizio? asks the Princess. By the way I love him. He’s mine. Rubbish he’s mine says Adriana. A big argument is terminated by the Prince and helpers appearing in the garden with torches etc. The Princess scarpers. The search party enters: Michonnet finds the Princess’s specs on the floor. He hands them to Adriana.

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