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Grabbing Operas by Their Tales


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:

  • Carmen by Bizet
  • Faust by Gounod
  • Romeo and Juliet by Gounod
  • Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck
  • Don Giovanni by Mozart
  • Tales of Hoffmann by Offenbach
  • Tosca by Puccini
  • Turandot by Puccini
  • Cinderella by Rossini
  • Samson and Delilah by Saint-Saens
  • Il Trovatore by Verdi
  • Aida by Verdi
  • Otello by Verdi
  • Lohengrin by Wagner
  • Die Walkure by Wagner.

Grabbing Operas by Their Tales is great reading for music lovers.

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About the Author

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)

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