Posted at 12:43 PM on April 26, 2011
by Bill Morelock
Filed under: The Short Version
In the composer's conception the opera was good, in early performance a flop, in posterity one of the greatest. But death intervened between steps two and three, left him bewildered and believing that his greatest achievement, wasn't. The soldier from Seville wasn't the only one unmanned by the girl in the tobacco factory.