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Life Imitates Art, and Opera Imitates the Tabloids

Posted at 6:30 AM on January 6, 2012 by John Birge
Filed under: Events, The blog

Item: NPR, Dec 30, 2011: Opera director Claudio Del Monaco was stabbed in the chest by his wife last week. The wife is an aspiring opera singer who apparently was upset that her husband failed to promote her career.

Item: Weekly World News, at the grocery store checkout lane, May 31, 1988:
"Opera Singer Gores Director; Stunned Audience sees 300 pounds of fury charge across the stage: Thundering soprano Francine Bahr got ticked off in the middle of an opera performance, charged across the stage like an enraged rhino - and gored her director with the horned helmet on her head."
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As Anna Russell would say, "I'm not making this up you know!!!"