“Opera is attacked for its unreality; but musical drama is more original and more real than spoken drama, because, by nature, man sings when he speaks. Of all operas, those which are ‘true to life’ are the most improbable.”
– from “Sacred and Profane Beauty: The Holy in Art” by Gerardus van der Leeuw.
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This is a great idea. Dogs have infrequently been portrayed in opera, but all the more reason to start now. Is Rinty a tenor or baritone role? This could give new meaning to the old joke about staid productions where the singers simply “park and bark”.