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mac

That is just all kinds of awesome. I haven't been to an opera since a sixth grade field trip, but I loved that.

Davis X. Machina

It makes for a forceful reminder that opera, especially Italian opera, was the pop music of its day. It can go anywhere an accordion can go, and it's easy to sing badly.

Mnemosyne

It makes for a forceful reminder that opera, especially Italian opera, was the pop music of its day.

There's a famous story about Verdi's "La donna e mobile" (from Rigoletto) that it had to be rehearsed in secret before the premiere because Verdi knew it was his "hit single" and he didn't want it leaking out before the show opened.

Sure enough, within a few hours of opera's premiere, every gondolier in Venice was singing the song.

Cathie from Canada

This is great. TBogg linked to you today!

Batocchio

Fantastic, Lance. Thanks.

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