Opera 100

Opera 100

Here we write a 100-word précis of numerous opera plots. This is an ongoing and serendipitous series, the idea being to present the storyline in an instant.

Puccini: La bohème

During a harsh Parisian winter, four struggling bohemian flatmates are preparing to go to the Café Momus, but the writer Rodolfo stays to finish some

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Verdi: Otello

Militarily successful, Otello reaches Cyprus amidst a terrible storm. Nihilistic Iago, resenting his subservient position, inebriates Cassio provoking riots that interrupt Otello’s reconciliation with his

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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

Princess Marie Therese, the Marschallin, is enjoying an extra-marital affair with adolescent Count Octavian. Interrupted by the Marschallin’s impoverished country cousin Baron Ochs, Octavian escapes

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Puccini: Tosca

Escaped political prisoner Angelotti is discovered in church by sympathetic artist Cavaradossi. Initially Cavaradossi conceals this from his diva lover, jealous Floria Tosca. Sadistic policeman

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