Sunday, October 10, 2010
I MADE HIM AN OFFER HE COULDN'T REFUSE
Shortly after "The Godfather" was released in 1972, we took my nephew with us to Columbus to see William Walker play Figaro in "The Barber of Seville". The play was being sung in English and we thought this would give the child a good introduction to opera without the confusion of Italian, French or German language translations.
During one scene, Figaro was asked how he had accomplished a feat and Walker's voice boomed out, "I made him an offer he couldn't refuse." There were a few titters in the audience but we laughed out loud at Walker's ad-libbing to Rossini! My nephew asked, "Why are you the only ones laughing?"