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

By Sir Denis Forman [Forman, Sir Denis]

This a little irreverent advisor 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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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.

Here’s a secret key says Adriana. Get out. Who are you? asks the Princess. Mind your own business says Adriana. Do you know Maurizio? asks the Princess. By the way I love him. 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.

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. The Prince and Princess receive their guests.

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