What aspiring opera composer wouldn’t love to see a nice libretto under the Christmas tree? Well, my friend who likes to send me ideas for opera scenarios (such as this) sent me a link to this “soundie” from the 1940s:
which led to some research on the origin of the song, which led to this – one nicely aged libretto to go, hold the bread. The English version is by James Russell Lowell, no less, and there is an Italian version as well, plus a prefatory answer key listing arias from which to steal in case you are too tired to make up your own tunes. To get the sense of how the tale will unfold with an operatic cast, try this:
Postings will be sparse to non-existent till sometime after the New Year – good wishes to all, see you in ’11.