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BARRY GETS TO GO ONSTAGE TO SEE IF OPERA IS DEADLY

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Dave Barry is right: Opera kills.

The syndicated columnist wrote in his Oct. 10 column, "It's not that opera's bad; it's that it's fatal." He noted that an African mammal was "killed by opera music being sung three football fields away." And he posed the question: "Could opera, in sufficient dosages, be fatal to human beings?"The answer may be yes. The Eugene, Ore., Opera invited Barry to be a guest star in its Jan. 8 production of Puccini's comedy "Gianni Schicchi."

Barry will play a dead man whose heirs are trying to get hold of his money.

Barry won't have to inflict any pain himself; it's a non-singing part. His performance will entail lying corpse-like on a bed and being stuffed in a box.