From Poems/Quotes

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 has a good heart, and so as an outward and visible sign of an inward, invisible grace, his face is not creased, nor are his limbs gnarled. Our tenor holds in his liver-spotted hands the soprano’s broad, burgeoning face. Their combined age is ninety-seven; there’s…