Here Comes the Show Boat! Broadway musical? Or opera in disguise?

Q: When is an opera not an opera?

A: When it's a Broadway show.

Q: Then when is a Broadway show not a Broadway show?

A: When it's an opera.

Q: So how do you tell the difference?

A: That's a tough question.

These days, a very tough question. For too long "opera" has been narrowly + defined as what goes on at the Metropolitan Opera House; a rigid distinction between art and entertainment, fervently defended by a musical flat-earth society, has denied audiences the riches that lie beyond the narrow shoals of the classical repertoire. Today, though, singers and conductors...

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