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Opera treated in an irreverent tenor.
Grabbing Operas by Their Tales flippantly retells the plots of fifteen of the best known and well-loved operas. Using irreverent humor, word play, footnotes, and absurdities, each opera plot is described in an entertaining and educational way.
The fifteen operas are:
Grabbing Operas by Their Tales is great reading for music lovers.
Charles E. Lake is unencumbered by musical talent or training and thus he provides a man-on-the-street view of these sacred, but improbable opera plots. Mike Rooth is a freelance illustrator. His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications.
Irreverent... short, witty retellings follow the original outlines while gleefully pointing out the absurdities and zesty comedic sideshows along the way.--Lina Piwowarczyk"Chicago Sun Newspapers" (11/12/2004)