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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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?
She’ll hear about him on the Six o’Clock News says Incredibile then she’ll be down to see him in a flash. He gives a short lecturette on the magnetic power of love. Get on write the charge sheet quick he tells Gérard, the court is waiting. Gérard is in a moral hang-up. He used to be a decent chap now he’s manufacturing false charges: he was a pure idealist now a lecherous shit. ) Maddalena enters. I have arrested your lover Chénier says Gérard. I was potty about you when I was butler you were a nice young girl.
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. Act III A large room in the Bouillon palace prepared as private theatre The Abbé fusses around fixing furniture and sucking up to the Princess. The Princess is perplexed about the identity of the woman who rescued her the night before.
A Night at the Opera by Sir Denis Forman [Forman, Sir Denis]