bugelleto [click to embiggen]

And this is what happens when I scan the drawings out of order. Otherwise, I would have known that March 11 was apparently Verdi’s favorite day on which to premiere operas?


Mr and Mrs Bugg stand again on a large, curved, footlighted stage. This time, Mr Bugg sports huge, lovely angel wings, while Mrs Bugg is the full-on Valkyrie, also for some reason with wings, but with the de rigeur horned helmet, spear and round shield.

The text reads: “Buggarch 11, 1851: The first performance of Bugelleto by BugGiuseppe Verdi.”