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The recipe. One pianist. Four singers. Four notes. Add a witty, self-aware text.

Singers revealing their innermost private thoughts. Indulging in personal rivalries. Turning the world of opera inside out. The result is Tom Johnson’s 1972 classic, The Four Note Opera, which takes the fears and foibles of opera stars as the starting point for a musical equivalent of Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author. But with four singers. And four notes. And sounding as fresh as it did when new.


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