As someone who enjoys wordplay, I have always been partial to the following moment at the end of Act I of Stephen Sondheim's 1979 musical thriller entitled Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
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The role of "Leone" in Verdi's Attila requires an artist of the larger-than-life variety. For the 2012 summer season at San Francisco Opera, that can be carried off by no one else but Samuel Ramey.
La Fenice in Venice has been one of the most important opera houses for over two centuries. Verdi alone wrote "Attila," "Rigoletto," "La Traviata" and "Simon Boccanegra" for La Fenice!
The architectural team that prides itself on creating unexpected public spaces attractive to all layers of society turns to Verdi.
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