Madame Butterfly (1995)

That’ll wake ’em up.

Few things got Videoville customers riled quite like playing opera on the in-store TV’s.

I had exactly one customer — Mr. Burke, an elderly gentleman of impeccable taste — who appreciated my decision to let the tenors and mezzo-sopranos run free.

Most other customers reacted as if someone had suddenly started to beat them around the head with a baseball bat when the arias hit the ceilings.

Which is probably why I did it.

I later bought a full set of operas, pleasing Mr. Burke and only Mr. Burke, but this was the one that started things.

Memories…

 

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