By Sir Denis Forman [Forman, Sir Denis]
This a bit of 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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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. Adriana gives him a posy of violets. Both exit. The poncey pair come on. I got the letter says the Abbé. ’ Zut! says the Prince: 42 RR is the house I use for assignations with Duclos: double-crossing whore and Zut!
The poncey pair come on. I got the letter says the Abbé. ’ Zut! says the Prince: 42 RR is the house I use for assignations with Duclos: double-crossing whore and Zut! again. The letter is addressed to Box 3 says the Abbé. It’s that Maurizio says the Prince. What to do? Invite all the cast to a party at 42 RR says the Abbé give ’em a surprise. Ha ha and very good says the Prince go ahead. Send on the letter to Box 3: exits. Actors rush off stage. All is chatter scandal and gossip: they say Duclos meets many lovers at 42 RR and also gives the key to the Princess who indulges in adulterous fancies there.
As Adriana prepares to release the mysterious woman the Princess’s star melody wells up in the orchestra27 and lingers on beautifully calm and quite inappropriate as the two rivals grope about in the dark. Act III MINUTES FROM THE START 6: Commossa io sono * 11: Il russo Mencikoff * 23: Giusto cielo! * A refined sort of hornpipe sets the ballroom scene spinning. It crops up pretty often like a punctuation mark over the next ten minutes. – whilst Adriana’s How Dos are set to the sweetest melody6 with (regrettably) a whiff of schmaltz about it – but only a smidgin.