Jessica is drawn into an appropriately melodramatic situation when a renowned opera singer is accused of murder in San Francisco.



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Episode cast overview:
Maria Deschier
Rosanno Bertolucci
Teresa Mancini
Silvana Bertolucci
Lt. Birnbaum
Mark Herrier ...
Barry Sanderson
Leo Damian ...
Giorgio Russo
James Short ...
Lou Faraday
Tom Tarpey ...
Tom Kendall ...
Stage Manager
Tom Van Hoof ...
Special Agent Dixon
Paramedic (as David E. Elliott)


In San Francisco for a convention, Jessica gets a call from her old friend, reformed thief Dennis Stanton. He invites her to the opera that evening but in the interim, they visit operatic star Rosanno Bertolucci. Egos are big in the opera company and an outraged Bertolucci has a fight with Lou Farraday accusing him of making advances toward the company's attractive young soprano, Maria Deschier. The argument continued after the performance when Maria claims Farraday attacked her in her dressing room. The end result is that Farraday is killed and Bertolucci suffers a severe heart attack in the process. Bertolucci claims it was self-defense on his part but police Lt. Birnbaum is skeptical. A missing windbreaker has Jessica puzzled and ultimately to her solving the case. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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19 November 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title alludes to the expression that an opera is not over till the aria by the large female singer is sung. See more »

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8 December 2016 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

It is funny to reflect on the earlier seasons of this show, when J.B. Fletcher was the darling of police investigators everywhere, and they had read all her books. A few years later - presumably with many more volumes to her name and investigative feathers in her cap - and we are treated to a very different paradigm, one of Jessica perpetually shooed away by inspectors who see her as both a rival and a meddlesome 'crazy lady'. That aside, this story is intriguing and complex, but without becoming confusing at any point. Italian characters are portrayed not without stereotyping. There are some lovely, subtle touches to the script in this opera- centered tale, such as a key protagonist getting mistaken for another one, much like it would be in many a classical Italian opera.

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