|Humperdinck's Tinsel (Gretel unavailable for photo)|
So I have no operas to write about until January. Hmmm... this is challenging. What to do, what to do? I know! Time for an amusing holiday-themed blog post! Let's see, what angle can I take? An overview of Christmas operas? Nah - did that a couple of years ago. How about a list of presents Santa might bring to opera folk? Uh... negative. That was last year.
Tell you what: let's go with some truly dreadful puns, whattaya say? Let's compile a list of the:
Top 10 Operas You Never Knew Were Christmas Operas
1. Verdi's Yule-isa Miller
2. Verdi's Il Tro-ho-ho-vatore
3. Saint-Saëns' Santa and Delilah
4. Humperdinck's Tinsel and Gretel
5. Charpentier's Yule-ise (Why, yes; this one does pretty much duplicate No. 1. What's your point??)
6. Debussy's Pelleas and Meli-Santa
7. Strauss's Elf-lektra
8. Puccini's La Fanc-yule-a del West (Admit it: yule puns never get old.)
9. Strauss Jr's Die Sleigh-dermaus
10. Meyerbeer's Les Hue-egg-nogs (It's French - the final "g" is silent...)
What's that you say? "Pretty lame"? Oh, like you could do any better, smarty-pants. You will NEVER know the effort I invested (all in vain) trying to find opera titles that would accomodate words like "noel", "mistletoe", "reindeer", and "north pole". I tried. I really did. Because I love you people.
So go ahead - sneer and groan at my little list. But you know what? It's going to work on your sub-conscious mind and I'll bet each of you will wake up at 3:00 AM, suddenly 1) convulsed in an uncontrollable fit of giggles; and 2) filled with the holiday spirit. That's what I bet.
Merry Christmas, yo!