What Time’s the Next Swan?

Leo SlezakWhen I was in High School my mother was reading Walter Slezak’s autobiography and she shared this with me (as referenced in Wikipedia):

The book’s title refers to an alleged incident in the career of his father, heldentenor Leo Slezak. During a performance in the title role of Lohengrin, the elder Slezak was supposed to finish his aria by stepping into a swan boat and then being pulled offstage. When a stagehand removed the boat prematurely, Slezak supposedly reacted to the error by asking the audience “What Time’s the Next Swan?”.

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