Verdi’s Gastromusicology

The Bibliore blog reports:

In opera, eating and drinking function largely as they do in society—they define social relationships…. [Some] gastromusicological laws may be deduced from Verdi’s operas:

  • A meal is never sad.
  • Hunger is never happy.
  • A shared meal or drink is a socially cohesive event.
  • The presence of food or drink precludes immediate catastrophe (unless poison is involved)….

This according to “Feasting and fasting in Verdi’s operas” by Pierpaolo Polzonetti (Studi verdiani XIV [1999] pp. 69–106). In this video, Placido Domingo and Teresa Stratas in Act 1 of La Traviata.