Monthly Archives: May 2013

Two More Aphorisms for the Future of Opera

\\\\\\\ 1) Opera is not ‘an 18th-century art form’ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 2) The potential of opera has yet to be fulfilled \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 1) Opera is not ‘an 18th-century art form’ : : : In his hugely positive review of Michel van der Aa’s Sunken Garden, the music … Continue reading

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Live Review: Sunken Garden @ Barbican Theatre

A resounding disappointment from a composer/director whose previous ‘multimedia’ musical works have been frequently fascinating. Rather than considering the inherent musico-theatrical possibilities of its dazzling 3D video technology, the whole opera seems to have been retro-fitted around these projections in … Continue reading

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Two Aphorisms for the Future of Opera

<<<<<<< 1) New opera is not ‘risky’ <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< 2) Opera is not ‘fundamentally an emotional art form’ <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< 1) New opera is not ‘risky’ : : : The ‘risk’ in programming new opera – commissioning it, developing it, producing it – has … Continue reading

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(3) // Raising the Bar: Agonist Opera, Ensemble Opera, Auteur Opera //

In the previous two posts, I outline my thoughts concerning a recent conference for new opera creators, hosted by Sound and Music with the Royal Opera House. It focused on what I’ve termed ‘the ideology of opera creation’ – a set of … Continue reading

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