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Fortissimo: Backstage at the Opera with Sacred Monsters and Young Singers
     

Fortissimo: Backstage at the Opera with Sacred Monsters and Young Singers

by William Murray
 

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H. L. Mencken declared that “the opera is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral.” It was not meant as a compliment, but to William Murray, former New Yorker staff writer and aspiring opera singer, a bawdy house is an apt metaphor for the opera: a place of confusion, high and low drama, fleshly pleasures and raucous song.

In Fortissimo

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