Sunday, October 4, 2015

288 Quiz Answer

In Verdi’s “La Traviata,” a party is in progress at the Paris home of beautiful Violetta, who lives for such parties.  She thinks for a moment of the possibility of true love but laughs off the idea, declaring that her life will remain a whirl of pleasure (“Sempre libera” – always free).

(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "M" is for "matchmaker")
This scenelet should suggest a well-known opera to you.  Which opera?

“You say he wants desperately to see me?  Who is this fellow?”
“He’s a friend of mine from the South.  He traveled all the way up here just to meet you.”
“You know how busy I am.  Much as I love to meet country bumpkins, I’ve got to get ready.  We’re having a tremendous party this evening, a huge blowout, the biggest of the entire season, and I'm absorbed with it.  People say I live for parties; well, tonight I’m going to prove them right!”
“Wait.  This is something special.  He’s a fine young guy I think you should get to know.  He thinks you’re the most wonderful woman he’s ever seen; he followed your career for years.  His name is Luther.”
“Yes, it would be something like Luther.  Or Li’l Abner.  He’s a groupie, in other words; that does sound boring.”
“He’s no groupie.  I know you’re going to find this a bit strange, but he tells me, and I believe him, he’s – well, he’s really in love with you.  Sort of by long distance.”
“That’s about the last thing I need in my life right now.  Sounds like you’ve been playing matchmaker behind my back.”
“No, not really.  But as your friend, I'm certain that one of these days you’re going to get tired of this glitzy life style and think about settling down.”
“Yeah, right.  That’s for me.  A fence with a white house around it – though I may have that a bit twisted – and me rocking away on the porch with one of my thirteen children.  Don’t you get it?  I don’t want that empty, settling down thing!  You know my motto, don’t you?” 
“I should; I hear it often enough.  ‘Sempre libera,’ always free.”
“Right.  And don’t you forget it.”
“Wait till you meet this young guy.  You’ve forgotten what true love is – maybe you never knew…”
 (The answer will be posted Saturday.)  

27 comments:

Eddie Bluelights said...

La Traviata . . . .I think

kaykuala said...

It is La Traviata perhaps

Hank

naturgesetz said...

The second paragraph suggested "La Traviata." Everything else fits. So "La Traviata" it is.

Berowne said...

Three "winners" start us off with the right answer: Eddie Bluelights, kaykuala and naturgesetz.

Helen said...

Sounds like an opera performance I attended early this year ~~ "The Elixir of Love"

Roger Owen Green said...

La Traviata, I reckon.

ROG, ABCW

Berowne said...

Roger Owen Green has given us the correct answer.

beat about the book said...

Verdi's La Traviata.

Berowne said...

Welcome to a newcomer to our little group: beat about the book, who also has the right answer.

brudberg said...

Sounds like it could be La Traviata, based on the book by Alexande Dumaa, fils.

Berowne said...

Another correct answer, this time from brudberg. (Which would seem to mean "brother mountain," a fine name to have.)

Other Mary said...

I'm afraid I don't know opera.

Truedessa said...

ok, I will have to ponder on this puzzle..Thanks for visiting my blog.

Cat-tails: here be wagging tales said...

OMG - I was in this play in my teens as one of the local hillbilly gals! And I had a few solo lines to the ever lovin' song, entitled: 'Put 'Em Back the Way They Was'. 'Little Abner' was such a fun community theatre play to be in and I had a GREAT time!!
I still have a photo of my hillbilly costume too - LOL

Altonian said...

After a brief hiatus caused by elderly forgetfulness, I have remembered to look in at you this week and would suggest that the opera to which you refer is: La Traviata. Your quizzes are a brilliant challenge - how could I have forgotten last week's?

Berowne said...

Altonian has the right answer.

Melody Steenkamp said...

Your word for the letter M reminds me of the film, and multiple versions of musicals i visited.... Fiddler on the roof.... ;-)

Wonderful word for this weeks challenge!

Have a nice abc-week/day
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫

Trubes said...

La Traviata ?

best wishes,
Di,
ABCW team.

Berowne said...

Trubes is the latest with the correct answer.

Reader Wil said...

I wonder if it is one of Mozart's operas and then of course it must be a sort of comedy. But I really don't know. which one.
Thanks anyway for your visit to the British Queen. She has a good sense of humour, hasn't she?
Have a great week.
Wil, ABCW Team

Leslie: said...

The only one I can imagine might be "The Marriage of Figaro"????

Leslie
abcw team

Old Egg said...

With so many clues this must be Fiddler on the Roof.

Sheilagh Lee said...

I'm not familiar with operas sorry.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Haven't a clue, but I do love a clever love story.
The View from the Top of the Ladder

Kathleen said...

If only I knew opera. So intriguing.

Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil said...

Is this the Marriage of Figaro? Hmm... nice one! Amy

Tess Kincaid said...

Sorry I'm a little late...my daughter played the role of Violetta...

 
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