Published on January 9th, 2012 02:09 AM
- The convoluted plot of this opera has resulted in some mockery. For many it is an example of what many detractors say of opera libretti, with confused and silly situations that defy belief. Gilbert and Sullivan parodied the baby-switching in The Gondoliers, and the Max Brother’s A Night at the Opera also makes fun of Il Trovatore.
- What people usually complain about is that the opera is full of situations akin to magical realism, and important actions (baby burnings, kidnappings, duels, executions) take place off-stage or before the curtain opens.