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Rossini's opera The Wicked Adventures of County Ory as told by cats.
Today, some helpful puppies and kitties are here to explain Wagner's signature nonsensical phrases. Interestingly enough, some of the liveliest moments in his operas come when his characters stop singing words and start singing nonsense instead. In the Ring, for example, who could forget Brünnhilde's fierce cry of “Hojotoho! Heiaha!” In The Flying Dutchman, the maritime setting and sea-shanty-soaked score calls for lots of “Yo Heave Ho.” Our adorable furry friends below will illustrate more insight into Wagner gibberish.
Seattle Opera's next opera, Mary Stuart tells the story of two icons of British royalty, Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, who clash in a powerful story of jealousy, pity, doubt, menace, exaltation, and remorse. The kitties below will tell you more about this opera and where history and fiction intersect in Donizetti's work. [Mary Stuart, Elizabeth I and Leicester Tudor cat images by Paul Koudounaris; Instagram: @hexenkult].