Music: Bite

When a Sicilian wants to duel, he neither presents his card nor flips his glove in his enemy's face. Instead, he bites his opponent's ear. Enacting the role of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana at Manhattan's Hippodrome last week, Tenor Sidney Raynor's bite went wild. He missed Baritone Rocco Pandiscio's ear, took a painful nip out of the Pandiscio cheek. Peace was made over the bandaging backstage. Later in the evening Baritone Pandiscio went onstage with his round jowl swathed. He played his next role heartily, the doleful clown in Pagliacci.


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