Pressed for time at the opera? Sick of sitting for five hours in a crowded seat? The book Skeletons from the Opera Closet suggests skipping the following acts:
- Acts I and II of Fidelio by LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN, Acts I and II: No dramatist Ludwig was.
- Acts I, II and III of "La Verismo" (Cavalleria rusticana, I Pagliacci and Il tabarro) by PIETRO MASCAGNI, RUGGERO LEONCAVALLO and GIACOMO PUCCINI: Three short operas tell the same story of a lovely woman, her suspicious husband and her secret admirer.
- Act II of Siegfried by RICHARD WAGNER: Too many beasts indeed!
- Every act of everything by JULES MASSENET: in short, the title character dies. Hérodiade should be titled Salomé, though.
- Act III of La forza del destino by GIUSEPPE VERDI: Everybody who's sick of what's been going on, raise your hands.
- Act I of the original 5-act version of Don Carlos by GIUSEPPE VERDI: the act is summarized in Act II.
- Act III of Parsifal by RICHARD WAGNER: How slow does it go without Klingsor, bro?
- Act III of Der Rosenkavalier by RICHARD STRAUSS: How slow does it go with Baron Ochs up front, bro?
Which acts do you suggest skipping?