Monday, June 28, 2010

Anecdotal Evidence

Overheard by my office-mate at yesterday's San Francisco Opera performance of La Fanciulla del West, said by a woman who evidently didn't care for what she was hearing:
An opera has to have beautiful melodies to make an impression on me.
Just to emphasize: this was at a performance of an opera by Puccini. It has plenty of beautiful melodies; they just don't come in the form of discrete arias.

1 comment:

Henry Holland said...

One of those melodies from Fanciulla that didn't come in the form of a discrete aria was good enough for Andrew Lloyd Webber to steal it for The Phantom of the Opera's big tune, Music of the Night. She probably liked it in *that* guise.