By Sir Denis Forman
This a bit of 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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Bad news: rapid advance of Ethiops under gallant General Amonasro (my Dad! exclaims Aida). The King nominates Radames C-in-C (no surprise): we hear pep talk, warlike songs etc. Aida (now alone) has a problem: either Dad wins and Radames is killed or vice versa. ). : all impressive (no plot advancement). Act II Sc 1 Amneris’ suite in the palace Amneris is dressing for her official engagements (triumphal pageant to celebrate the Ethiops being licked): chorus sings songs of praise for Radames: Moorish slaves dance.
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. He sings, quite nicely. She moves a little but not much. You fancy her or something? says Zerbinetta to Harlequin.
She says come off it I am a humble working actress and the only good guy here amongst you phoneys is Michonnet (M. is very chuffed). All go on stage. The Prince asks why Duclos is not available: she is busy writing a letter says Michonnet: the Prince orders the creepy Abbé to get the letter using bribery or whatever. Exit the poncey pair. 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!