A welcome touch of class this morning courtesy the Dallas Opera, which tonight bows its production of Gaetano Donizetti's lyric tragedy in three acts, Roberto Devereux. (Had plans to go, but, well, for those about rock and so forth.) Yet again, the Opera has smartly used YouTube to offer myriad previews of the spectacular-spectacular, along with some backstage clips for die-hards only.
The singin' gets to commencin' after the jump with a trio of videos, including two featuring Hasmik Papian as Queen Elizabeth I -- the role that, in 1971, landed Beverly Sills on the cover of Time pictured here. And for those on the fence, let me summon the wisdom of Friend of Unfair Park knottygirl, who, in May, wrote here that "opera appeals to cheapskates, because you get a play and a concert and a dance performance all wrapped up into one package." Recommendation enough!