Illustration I did about the revival of the New York City Opera, whose return performance was the Italian opera, Tosca. I took a new approach to Tosca laying the crucifix on Scarpia’s chest between two candles.
“So there was this big-deal diva doing the lead in Tosca, and she was a total bitch to the crew. And you do NOT be a bitch to the crew. Because one night, when she had her big throw-herself-off-the-building moment, there was supposed to be a mattress.”
Step 1 - Attention-grabbing, one-measure introductory motif. Bring back when you need to wrench the audience back into the action. Step 2 - introduce romantic, but abusive male lead Step 3 - introduce innocent goddess female lead Step 4 - high C’s mean we’re in love! Step 5 - give woman a dagger (or tuberculosis, you know, your choice) Step 6 - ??? Step 7 - everyone’s dead and you’re rich!