Hey, Ripley fans – I’m back! A big thank you to Steve Silver and several others for keeping up our traditions of clean, harmless humor. Tonight I bring you a true story from a couple of decades ago:
The Dallas Opera was on strike, but management decided “the show must go on” so they brought in a couple of piano players in place of the orchestra and singers who were, shall we say, of less than stellar quality.
The performance was Carmen, and, as in many operas, a lot of people kill each other before the final curtain. This particular work has the title character’s lover, Don José , stab her to death in the final scene. However, the replacement singing the part of Carmen was of such poor quality that when Don José made his first entrance in Act 1, a voice from the back of the theater rang out “Don José! Kill her! NOW!!!”
It brought down the house.