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March 18, 2005

Paging Mr. Driftwood!

Question: What is this statement referring to?

The crisis has gripped Italy the way steroids in baseball have the United States and stunned many with its speedy onset....
Answer: An Italian opera crisis. Not the usual on-stage dramatic tension between the tenor and the soprano. No. It's the real thing.
The venerable La Scala opera house in Milan has been paralyzed by a dispute pitting its eminent music director, Riccardo Muti, against its workers.
So forget Riccardo Muti. It's time to sack Gottlieb, Rodolfo Lassparri, and even Mrs. Claypool. It's time to bring back Otis B. Driftwood, Fiorello, Tomasso, and Riccardo Baroni. And if you don't have a clue what I'm talking about, check this out.