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Has any opera ever made a successful transition to the theatre stage?

While it only partially fits, one example from the Russian theatre is Yakov Knyazhnin’s tragedy Dido (1769). The commentary to the book says that it was a very successful play influenced by Jean-...
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Why is Phyllis a "ward of chancery"?

I found this information from the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive: Adapted from the book "Tit-Willow or Notes and Jottings on Gilbert and Sullivan Operas" by Guy H. and Claude A. Walmisley (...
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Why is Phyllis a "ward of chancery"?

One element of Gilbertian humour is the ridiculous and implausible starting points of the stories underlying his plays and librettos. In the case of Iolanthe we have: A House of Lords who are all ...
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Who is Queen Brijeena, the subject of a famous chavittu nadakam?

It could be St. Brigit who was revered in a Jesuit church in Lisbon around 1587. Dr. Christophe Vielle mentions this in a KCHR lecture.
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Why did Calaf offer Turandot the deal?

In one sense, it's a counter to her own riddles: for the suitors, who were unable to answer Turandot's riddles, their punishment is death. Calaf however knows that Turandot's greatest fear isn't death,...
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