Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Opera Is a Many-Splendored Thing

It's Tuesday, and Tuesday means Trivia! Have you ever heard of the song “Don’t You Know?” It was a hit song in 1959 and was performed by Della Reese. Here – take a listen:

Sound familiar? Songwriter Bobby Worth took the theme from “Musetta’s Waltz” and integrated it into the music of the song. Of course, Bobby’s version is a little bit more romantic than Puccini’s. Della’s first lines are “Don't you know / I have fallen in love with you / For the rest of my whole life through”…compare that to Musetta belting out “When I walk alone in the street / People stop and stare at me / And everyone looks at my beauty.”

Opera influences our culture in unusual ways, doesn’t it?

Ciao for now!

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