If you think italianità is the essential ingredient in the operas of Verdi and the bel cantists, think again. PATRICK DILLON revels in the esoteric appeal of Italian opera à la française.
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Wrong-language opera has delighted me as long as opera itself has. My first schoolboy vocal crush, Maria Callas, had me warbling Lakmé's bell song as "Dov'è l'indiana bruna." ...
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