By Sir Denis Forman [Forman, Sir Denis]
This somewhat 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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A parade of the Revolution’s stars goes by: Gérard (rising in the charts) is one of them. He leaves the procession and gives verbal identikit of Maddalena to Incredibile says he must have her. I’ll deliver her tonight says Incredibile. Bersi runs on and tells Chénier an important woman in distress is coming here to meet you. Incredibile observes. It’s a trap says Roucher (it is: Incredibile will tell Gérard): I’ll stay on guard. Darkness falls. ]. Gérard arrives and grabs Maddalena. Get off says Chénier: he slashes at Gérard.
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! again. The letter is addressed to Box 3 says the Abbé. It’s that Maurizio says the Prince.
He closes the fridge. Now the Abbé proposes getting candles and opening the fridge. Adriana interposes, as instructed. The Abbé goes off to get the Prince: Michonnet stands guard. Adriana blows out the candles and opens the fridge and the Princess jumps out. What now? she says. Escape! says Adriana. All exits are blocked says the Princess. 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.