Monday, February 20, 2012

The Opera, the Rabbit, the Museum and the Fascist

Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville premiered today in 1816 at Teatro Argentina in Rome.  A classic story of Count meets girl and falls in love with girl, girl falls in love with Count but there‘s another man involved, Count and friends conspire to free girl from the other guy - Count and girl live happily ever after.  Yes, this is one of the few operas where she does not die in the end!

If you have seen the production or not, you already know the famous songs from this opera.  They have been performed countless times by Woody Woodpecker, Tom and Jerry and by my favorite, Bugs Bunny.

Interestingly, the Barber of Seville is actually a prequel.  The Barber (Figaro) appears in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro (1786).
In a side note, today in 1872 the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City.

In another side note the Italian Fascist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto was published on this day in 1909 by Le Figaro, the Italian newspaper.  The Manifesto (a rejection of the past and a celebration of modernization) called for the demolition of all museums and libraries.

Ok, enough of the history, let's drink…and maybe sing a little

     The Historical Inebriant:  The Opera 

1 1/2 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Dubonnet Rouge
1 teaspoon Maraschino Liqueur
Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, shake and strain into a chilled martini glass

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