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What's on the tape? Is it classical opera?


The first character's not clear, but I suspect it's 鲁, which would give us 鲁莎尔. This is pretty obviously meant to represent some foreign word, and the only web references I can find are like this:




There, 鲁莎尔 refers to the Dvorak opera Rusalka, which seems to be also represented in Chinese as 魯莎卡, though it's most commonly translated literally as《水仙女》.


Of course that first character may not be 鲁, but if you hear an aria when you play the tape, I'd say "Bingo!"


EDIT: Rusalka is both the name of the opera and the name of the leading character in the opera. On that web page, it actually seems to be referring to Rusalka-the-character's aria. Perhaps in Chinese translations of the opera she's called 鲁莎尔, I don't know.

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