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A grandeur night for singing

Die Zauberflöte is an opera!”  “No, it’s the first musical comedy!” “Stop!—You’re both right! Die Zauberflöteis an opera and a musical comedy!” Read more »

Fully equipped with fire and music

“The Greek drama affords us one character which, had Shakespeare studied it in the three great tragedians of that people, and then, preserving Greek manners as ably as he did Roman, written it from his own heart and mind, might have been worthy to succeed the greatest achievement of the stage. The character I mean is Electra, the daughter of Agamemnon, the sister of Orestes.”

That’s an excerpt, as you all surely recognize, from Memoirs of Mrs. Siddons: interspersed with anecdotes of authors and actors. Sad to say, neither Shakespeare nor the Queen of Drury Lane (pictured) ever created an Electra; however, fortunately for posterity, her contemporary Mozart did set this wild and whirling creature to music.  And thus we are brought in a roundabout way to yet another of our beloved vocal identification quizzes. Read more »