Opera Requires Suspension of Disbelief…Sometimes

A Night at the Opera by William Matthews  (from Search Party: Collected Poems) "The tenor's too fat," the beautiful young woman complains, "and the soprano dowdy and old." But what if Othello's not black, if Rigoletto's hump lists, if airy Gilda and her entourage of flesh outweigh the cello section? In fairy tales, the prince [...]