Music: Fractured Arias

One Sunday morning a musical press-agent and thwarted opera singer named Alix Williamson was indulging her favorite whim: lolling in her bathtub, lazily singing arias from grand opera. Perhaps because she was singing out of tune, she began to concentrate on the words. How silly they could sound in English, she thought. As pressagents will, she began to turn her meditations to some useful end. Result: a series of double-meaning cartoons, in the manner of "Fractured French," providing the latest spoof of a much-spoofed medium.

Some of Pressagent Williamson's ideas were on the ribald side, e.g., "Dove sono?" ("Where have they gone?"),...

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