The Ladies of the Opera dei Pupi

In addition to the knights and the Saracens, of course, we have our fair princesses! The audience, which most often consisted of men and boys from the popular classes, was very much engaged in the action of the opera dei pupi. Spectators were known to get rowdy, interacting with the characters on stage by responding with bawdy comments and hissing–especially when our hero Orlando kissed the princess Angelica! OOooooo! Sometimes things got so out of hand, the police would have to be called.

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