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, los angeles Boheme, and Carmen, and describes their characters, artists, and composers.
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Brilliant • At the end of the COMMENT in the opera section each opera is given a rating from alpha-plus to gamma. Author’s whim again, and whereas no reader is likely to want to swap any of the gammas with the alphas, these ratings are susceptible to a wide range of disagreement. But what the hell. Everyone their own opera critic. • The aim of the guide is to avoid every technical term in music that can be described in plain English, but there are some basic truths which have to be tackled by anyone who wants to get a fix on certain musical forms (aria) or on basic musical structure (tonality).
They’re for you he says. A coach draws up. The Princess panics. Quick jump into the fridge says Maurizio. She jumps. ) The Prince plus the Abbé come in. Got you Maurizio! they cry. Where’s the lady old boy? What lady? says Maurizio. Duclos they reply (a mistake, of course). I was going off her myself you can take her over old boy says the Prince. ) Enter Adriana: surprise all round. I thought you were seeing a man about a dog she says. So I came to meet the Count of Saxony to plead your cause. Go ahead for I am he!
There is an incomprehensible discussion. Maurizio is interested in politics not sex: the Princess in sex but not in politics. Have you gone off me or something? she asks. Well he says hum haw we shall always be good friends. Good friends! Pshaw! she says. She sees the violets. There must be another woman she says: who is she? They’re for you he says. A coach draws up. The Princess panics. Quick jump into the fridge says Maurizio. She jumps. ) The Prince plus the Abbé come in. Got you Maurizio! they cry.
A Night at the Opera: An Irreverent Guide to the Plots, the Singers, the Composers, the Recordings by Sir Denis Forman