WOW ~ Words of the Week ~ Roaratorios and Uproars

In opera, there is always too much singing.
~ Claude Debussy

I’m married to a crazy-talented musician and singer. My mother was a diva for the Met. I love the stories behind operas.

The actual singing, however … well … not so much.

Roaratorios and Uproars (nouns)

Oratorios and operas.

I’ve asked the talented James Gillray for his illustrations this week.

Lady Cecilia Johnston ('At the opera') by James Gillray. Published by Hannah Humphrey, 4 October 1791. National Portrait Gallery.

Lady Cecilia Johnston (‘At the opera’) by James Gillray. Published by Hannah Humphrey, 4 October 1791. National Portrait Gallery.

'Modern grace, - or - the operatical finale to the ballet of Alonzo e Caro', by James Gillray. Published by Hannah Humphrey, 5 May 1796. National Portrait Gallery.

‘Modern grace, – or – the operatical finale to the ballet of Alonzo e Caro’, by James Gillray. Published by Hannah Humphrey, 5 May 1796. National Portrait Gallery.

Rose Didelot ('Operatical reform; - or - la dance a l'eveque'), by James Gillray. Published by Hannah Humphrey, 14 March 1798. National Portrait Gallery.

Rose Didelot (‘Operatical reform; – or – la dance a l’eveque’), by James Gillray. Published by Hannah Humphrey, 14 March 1798. National Portrait Gallery.

Elizabeth Billington (née Weichsel) ('A bravura air mandane'), by James Gillray. Published by Hannah Humphrey, 22 December 1801. National Portrait Gallery.

Elizabeth Billington (née Weichsel) (‘A bravura air mandane’), by James Gillray. Published by Hannah Humphrey, 22 December 1801. National Portrait Gallery.

'Dilettanti-theatricals; -or- a peep at the green room', by James Gillray. Published by Hannah Humphrey, 18 February 1803. National Portrait Gallery.

‘Dilettanti-theatricals; -or- a peep at the green room’, by James Gillray. Published by Hannah Humphrey, 18 February 1803. National Portrait Gallery.

John Stewart, 7th Earl of Galloway ('An old encore, at the opera'), by James Gillray. Published by Hannah Humphrey, 1 April 1803. National Portrait Gallery.

John Stewart, 7th Earl of Galloway (‘An old encore, at the opera’), by James Gillray. Published by Hannah Humphrey, 1 April 1803. National Portrait Gallery.

 

Slang terms taken from the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

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