Opera Crash Course

Many, many years ago I saw a video short that boiled down all the great operas into 10 minutes. When I first saw it, I was struck by the running body count in the lower right screen and the way the narrator highlighted all the murder, mayham and rampant immorality that was being shown.

I only saw it once, but I remembered it clearly and was always hoping to see it again. Of course, in the intervening years, I couldn’t for the life of me remember what it was called.

Then, a couple of years ago, the Internet stepped in and I was able to FINALLY find the name of the short: All the Great Operas in 10 Minutes. Even better, I was able to find contact information for the woman who made this up in Canada. I got in touch with her and was soon the proud owner of a VHS tape with the coveted short.

My wife and I would trot it out for friends every now and again, but I’ve always been sparing in using the tape: it is afterall a rare treasure.

So, I was happy to see that the Internet has gifted me once again in regards to this lovely short. I found it up on YouTube yesterday.

And so now I can watch this anywhere, anytime, and not have to worry about wearing the tape out.

If nothing else, the Internet has turned out to be a boon in terms of finding lost or hard to find items.