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Artaserse4Remember The Idle Woman’s wonderful graphic novel? Because, really how often do you find a Baroque opera turned into a comic? And Persian history? And a delightful, ever so slightly tongue-in-cheek approach?

Well, Artaserse is now complete with a thrilling third act, and you can find it  here. And there is also a historical appendix in which the characters of the opera and their real-life counterparts tell (in first person) how things really went. The real story and the way Metastasio tweaked history to make it more operatic make for fascinating reading. I confess the appendix sparked off a game of What If, and I’m now busy imagining a different opera with Megabise as the hero…