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August 21, 2013

TT: Almanac

"This evening heard Carmen on the radio, and reflected how hard it was to vamp a man while singing at the top of one's voice. That is the operatic problem; the singer must keep up a head of steam while trying to appear secretive, or seductive, or consumptive. Some ingenious composer should write an opera about a group of people who were condemned by a cruel god to scream all the time; it would be an instantaneous success, and a triumph of verisimilitude."

Robertson Davies, The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks (courtesy of Paul Moravec)

Posted August 21, 2013 12:00 AM

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