It Isn't Over Until the Fat Lady Sings
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An anthology based on stories from opera. Some tell it straight (Adèle Geras' 'Carmen'); others update to the present (Jon Blake's 'The Threepenny Opera') or give an unusual slant - Dennis Hamley's contribution has Nahum Tate and Virgil arguing on a tube train about how the story 'Dido and Aeneas' should be treated. One of the most enjoyable is the lesser-known 'The Makropulos Affair', retold by Penelope Farmer. Overall, a clever idea and an encouragement to children or adults to experience the operatic versions.