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Favorite Opera Stories

AïdaIl Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)La BohèmeBoris GodunovCarmenCavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry)La Cenerentola (Cinderella)Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Tales of Hoffma…

U.S. Opera Companies

American Musical Theatre of San Jose: Stewart Slater, pres.1717 Technology DriveSan Jose, Calif. 95110–1305(408) 453–7100Arizona Opera Company: Joel Revzen, art. dir.3501 N. Mounta…

The Devil's Dictionary: Opera

by Ambrose Bierce ONCEOPIATEOPERA -n. A play representing life in another world, whose inhabitants have no speech but song, no motions but gestures and no postures but attitudes. All acting…

Brewer's: Beggar's Bush

To go by beggar's bush, or Go home by beggar's bush — i.e. to go to ruin. Beggar's bush is the name of a tree which once stood on the left hand of the London road from Huntingdon to C…

Brewer's: Beggars

King of the Beggars. Bampfylde Moore Carew (1693-1770). Beggars should not be choosers. Beggars should take what is given them, and not dictate to the giver what they like best. They must …

Brewer's: Beggar

A beggar may sing before a pickpocket. (In Latin, “Cantabit vacuus coram latrone viator.”) A beggar may sing before a highwayman because he has nothing in his pocket to lose. …

Brewer's: Beggars' Barm

The thick foam which collects on the surface of ponds, brooks, and other pieces of water where the current meets stoppage. It looks like barm or yeast, but, being unfit for use, is only beg…

Brewer's: Beggar's Daughter

Bessee, the beggar's daughter of Bednall Green. Bessee was very beautiful, and was courted by four suitors at once- a knight, a gentleman of fortune, a London merchant, and the son of the i…

Brewer's: Beggars' Bullets

Stones. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Beggar's BushBeggars' Barm A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Related Conten…