I read once that some 17th century Italian came on a Shakespeare work, couldn't imagine it presented any way other than sung, and invented opera thereby.

The real problem is just how much longer it takes to sing words than it does to speak them, even if you except Parsifal. You could probably recite the Shakespeare original twice or thrice while the digested paraphrase is being sung.

Edited by Pete (04/23/12 08:18 AM)
Regerds, Pete