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)…. […]