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

By Sir Denis Forman [Forman, Sir Denis]

This a little bit 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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Michonnet says he must go and seek Duclos. She’s here says the Abbé. Eh? What? says Michonnet. She’s in that fridge there says the Abbé. Is she hell I’ll soon see says Adriana (jealous). No! says Maurizio it’s not Duclos: I came here to talk politics. It’s a serious matter. There is a person in the fridge true enough but it’s not Duclos but a political contact. Do you believe me? I believe you says Adriana. We must keep the poncey pair away from the fridge says he. It would be politically disastrous if the person were exposed.

Steady! says Michonnet I’m sure Maurizio will explain everything. Hey presto! Maurizio arrives. Hugs and kisses. Why did you abandon me? asks Adriana. I was wrongly informed you were fixed up with another guy says he. ] What about that other woman? asks Adriana. She is a lying bitch and also a slagheap says he anyway how about marriage? Gosh! he must love me thinks Adriana. They clinch in mutual ecstasy: Adriana totters. Are you ill? he asks. It’s these stinking flowers you sent me says she. I never sent you no flowers says he: he smells shoe box (phosgene): Adriana has convulsions: hallucinates.

Go on! Save him! she says. I will do my best he replies. The courtroom fills. Many get the black cap. Chénier is called. His defence speech is prolix but he maintains he is not a traitor not guilty. Evidence? says the President. The accusation is a lie I fudged it all says Gérard. OK says the Public Prosecutor you stand down I will make the same accusations. My God says Gérard I am a true son of the Revolution and I can’t stand this mindless hatred distorting French justice. The crowd shouts shut up Gérard: to the guillotine with Chénier.

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