East Village Opera: Verdi in leather pants

east_village_opera_small.gifBy Colleen Long [The Associated Press, 15 October 2005]
NEW YORK ó The East Village Opera Company channels both Mozart and Freddy Mercury when they perform. And that’s not a bad thing.
The 11-person group rearranges opera arias and overtures to add electric guitars, keyboards, bass, drums and leather pants. The result is a hybrid of ’70s arena rock and classical music.