Page 56. " at the Opera "
Royal Opera House
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The second half of the 19th century was a golden age of opera, with new works by Wagner, Verdi and Puccini.  An evening at the opera became a regular feature of upper class social life.

In London, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden was – and remains – the leading operatic venue.  Rebuilt after a fire in 1857, it seats 2,268 people, making it one of the largest opera houses in the world.

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The Valkyrie by Richard Wagner

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini

Page 64. " The Bard "

'The Bard' is William Shakespeare, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.

Born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564, he built a successful career in London as an actor, a writer and the co-owner of the Lord Chamberlain's Men, a company of actors. He returned to Stratford for his last years, and died there in 1616.

His best known works were produced between 1589 and 1613. They included comedies (such as The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night), histories (Henry V and Richard III) and tragedies (Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet), as well as poetry such as his Sonnets and Venus and Adonis.

Page 65. " Prince Charming "

'Prince Charming' symbolises the ideal man who will save you from harm, sweep you off your feet and love you forever. Handsome and romantic, he is the man that women dream of and long to marry. The character has been used in fairy tales and folk tales, including Sleeping BeautyCinderella and Snow White. He is the heart-throb of many a Disney film!

Sybil Vane thinks Dorian is her 'Prince Charming', but she does not get her fairy tale happy ending.