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The only way Tufts University is going to make it on a sports blog? Staging an opera about Tonya Harding, of course!.

More Peggy Fleming than Renee Fleming, "Tonya and Nancy" follows the lines of "Jerry Springer — The Opera," a London hit based on the equally lowbrow world of daytime talk TV. Al-Doory takes the well-known rivalry between the skaters and recasts it as one in which they both struggle to overcome personal troubles and public perception.

The show premiered last night and runs 40 minutes, which is our kind of opera! We think this is a logical next step in the merging of the worlds of opera and figure skating. As they say, it's not over until the fat lady sings.

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