The Greatest Tox Scene in Opera

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCWxbfFIflE Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte has what is, beyond any argument, the greatest and funniest medical toxicology scene in all of opera. On this Saturday (April 26), the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series will broadcast Cosi to theaters around the world,with James Levine conducting. As one who thinks that the 3 operas — The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan tutte — written by Mozart and his librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte represent the greatest works of art in the history of the human race, I can’t wait. In anticipation, I am rerunning this post from several years ago: There is an amazing toxicology-themed scene in the finale to Act I of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. In the opera, two young friends — Ferrando and Guglielmo — make a bet with an older cynic — Don Alfonso — that their fiances — Fiordiligi and Dorabella — will remain ever faithful. (If you’re having trouble sorting out these characters at home, you’re in good company.  Apparently, Mozart at times confused them in the manuscript to the opera.)  Keeping with the terms of the bet, the two friends disguise themselves as Albanian soldiers and pursue the other’s fiance. Initially unsuccessful, they pretend to swallow arsenic and collapse.  A doctor is summoned and appears, but it is actually Despina the maid in disguise.  The libretto continues: DON ALFONSO:&n...
Source: The Poison Review - Category: Toxicology Authors: Tags: Medical Cosi Fan Tutte lorenzo da ponte Mozart opera Source Type: news

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Authors: Ota T, Nakano Y, Mizuno T, Shiozaki A, Hori Y, Yamanishi K, Hayakawa K, Hayakawa T, Fujimoto T, Nakamoto C, Mejima K, Wada Y, Terasoma F, Ohnishi T Abstract Along with the increase in consumption of raw animal meat, the prevalence of food poisoning is increasing. A 67-year-old Japanese man had eaten raw venison 4 hours prior to the beginning of vomiting. Many white cysts were discovered in the venison, with numerous bradyzoites being detected after the cysts were punctured. The presence of the Sarcocystis spp. 18S rRNA gene was detected by polymerase chain reaction, and Sarcocystis truncata was isolated fr...
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