A Night at the Opera by Sir Denis Forman [Forman, Sir Denis]

By Sir Denis Forman [Forman, Sir Denis]

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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Michonnet is moonstruck by Adriana. There is some roundabout talk about marriage. Adriana has no idea what the hell Michonnet is going on about. I’m in love too! she says. Whizzo! My lover’s in the front of house tonight. Michonnet (hopes dashed) exits: Maurizio (really the Count of Saxony) comes in. Big hellos. How’s your career? asks Adriana. Have you been promoted Company Commander yet? My boss the Count of Saxony (ho ho) keeps promising but never delivers says he: bastard. I am seated in Box 3 let’s meet after the show.

Ariadne wakes up. Where am I? Who am I? And what the hell anyway? she asks (crazy as a coot). Poor thing too say the comics from the wings. A sweet girl like her gone potty. What a shame. ) There was this guy called Theseus or maybe not I’m totally confused says Ariadne. Ariadne! call the nymphs (-adne says Echo who is beginning to get on everyone’s nerves) wake up, love, it’s us, your friendly neighbourhood nymphs. Music sometimes does the trick says Harlequin from the wings. Let’s try a song.

Backstage in a rich man’s private house where a theatrical event is about to take place We are in Vienna in the time of Molière because the story began life in France (see NOTES) but seems to have drifted eastwards and settled in Strauss’ home town. The Music Director nails the official in charge of the evening’s events and says Hey Major-Domo I’ve heard a terrible rumour that some clowns from the Talk of the Town are going to put on a show after my opera. That’s right says the Major-Domo. Opera first, comedy second and fireworks at nine o’clock sharp.

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