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An Internet Opera - A Faustian take on President Bush

Portsmouth composer and musician Roger Rudenstein has released an opera in MP3 format, entitled The Devil and George Bush, as the latest installment in his Nightmare of Reason protest-commentary series. The basic plot summary is that a computer techie is trying to take over the world with the help of the devil. Appearances by Tom Cruise, George Bush, and Dick Cheney punctuate the action.

The first track reminds this non-classical-music fan of (in no particular order): This Is Spinal Tap, the "cockatoos" speech in Eugene Ionesco's La Cantatrice ChauveLiberty News TV, and Frank Caliendo.

Total running time is 86 minutes, if you can bear it. You can download it for free, either in its entirety or split into 10 tracks, from the opera's Web site.

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