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  1. I gave up long ago trying to make sense of opera plots. I just assumed they were a vehicle for the music, and that’s it.

    I’ve read about some of the new opera producers – especially in Europe – putting new spins on old classics, and usually offending the audiences. Why a producer would think that a Puccini opera is an opportunity for his/her own ‘performance art’ concept – I don’t know – that is dumb.

  2. And for what it is worth: The Italian used in Opera is usually far more poetic and archaic than what one would encounter in usual speech. Luckily the English equivalents are close enough as to be discernible if one has a college education.

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