During the waning years of the 19th century — what's now known as the fin de siècle — the Parisian opera stage was crammed with sex. The public couldn't get enough. Reigning ­divas clamored to be bad girls, and librettists supplied countless tales of virginal beauties who hit the skids for a life of glamour and a diamond necklace. Like it is today, sex was the best way to create controversy and sell tickets, and composer Jules Massenet knew a good... More >>>