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The opera Iphegenia in Aulis by Christoph Willibald Gluck premiered today in Paris in 1774. Some people consider Gluck's operas to be the "...foreshadowing of the romantic movement that would engulf Germanic central Europe and emanate world-wide in the decades to come." (Pithy quote that I just made up.)

Some people consider Gluck's operas to be the "...foreshadowing of the grunge rock movement that would engulf central Seattle and emanate nationwide in the months to come." (Trenchant quote that I just plagarized.) Some people consider Gluck's operas and just put their hands over their ears.

Speaking of grunge rock, the musical Carousel opened on Broadway in 1945, with a story that climaxes with a child being slapped by a man who is dead and the child deciding that it felt like a kiss?!? Sounds like rock star bio-pic material to me!

Those of you really paying attention will notice that both Carousel and Iphengenia in Aulis center around bad deeds done by belligerent men that change the course of destiny for innocent young women in their care. Now, considering that April 19th is also National Hiring Day, I think we have a pretty strong case for, um, I'm not sure what, but it's pretty strong, nonetheless.