Solo mio, vendro unscrupuloso, custombres sansaclu.
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 96 16:22:07 -0800
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: Solo mio, vendro unscrupuloso, custombres sansaclu.
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LONG-LOST OPERATIC FRAGMENT COMES TO LIGHT
During the golden years of the Opera in Michigan, many of the great
composers and librettists wandered through the glittering capital of the
midwestern risorgimento. Strangly, little of their output has been
preserved, but recently, this fragment of the libretto from an unfinished
work by the immortal Giuseppe Verde came to light, hidden behind a huge
nude painting at the Odd Town Tavern. Wood-Charles is proud to bring to
the music community even this crumbling shard of Verde's never-performed
Curtain rises. It is night. A storm is gathering over the battlements
of a crumbling red brick office building. In the background, the houses
and lights of a fair but troubled city, An'Arbro. We hear the rumbling
of distant thunder.
Enter Edmundo. He leans on the crenalations and contemplates the
Edmundo: Solo mio, vendro unscrupuloso, custombres sansaclu.
(I am all alone, my vendors are of questionable
ethics, and my customers are idiots.)
La Traciata (off): Edmundo! Edmundo!
Edmundo: Che? (What?)
La Traciata (entering): Doloroso executivo, executivo perdu, pite', pite',
au secours, le boite de multiplexico delenda est.
(Oh, pitious executive, help, help, the modem is broke.)
Small boy (dashing across the stage): Providitore connection, imbecilico!
(Off) sound of a news server crashing; alarms and excursions.
Don Miguele (entering): Si mentate io, periculoso meo!
(If I had a brain, I'd be dangerous!)
El Zastrow (drawing a baguette from beneath her chemise): Prends ca,
compteur de legumes suburbanitico! Mangez le pain de ma tante!
(Take that, yuppie bean counter! Eat flaming starch!)
Enter four horsemen, Edmundo, Esteban, Owen Glynmorange, and Tim the
Irrascible. They begin to sing an old Provencal round consisting of
four or five conflicting business plans.
La Traciata: Ai, yi yi yi yi yi, carriage de corrosion, mi corizon non di
Finisterre. Reimburse' mi.
(Alas, my car is a rusting heap of junk and I cannot
afford clothing from Land's End. Sure would be nice
to get paid.)
Lindhilde (dressed as the Kouros of Berners-Lee): Luftpost der Webdamen!
Toten der Lapinnet, Toten der Lapinnet! Der krieg sind Deutchenyowlen:
zu viel und laut! Wer is mein petroleum?
(The flight of the web ladies! Kill the wabbitnet, kill
the wabbitnet! War is like German opera: too long and
too loud! Where is that damn gas tank?)
Chorus of the busy signals: Bzzz. Bzzz. Bzzz.
Night falls. The slain are born away to Valhalla or Ypsilanti. Edmundo
enters dressed as a virtual transaction. As the curtain falls, he sings
the plaintive and moving aria, "Yo Dudo Actuario," (I should have gone
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© 1996 Peter Langston