Oscar Wilde, most famously remembered as an Irish playwright and poet, wrote children’s stories in the early part of his career. “The Nightingale and the Rose” was included in his first collection of fairy tales, The Happy Prince and Other Tales, first published in 1888. This story, with its dramatic effects, has been adapted in several different versions for opera and ballet pieces.
Wilde’s fairytale begins with a young male student looking forlornly out his window, dreaming of a young woman who has captured his heart. He wants to take her to a dance, but she has...
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