Cher Public

  • manou: Yes – he is coming to London in October. I have just given my tickets away because we shall be abroad on the day. Not that... 3:42 AM
  • schweigundtanze: The “O soave fanciulla” with Opolais is fantastic! It reminds me of Simoneau and Alarie’s recording. 3:34 AM
  • Lohengrin: https://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=DBeI QsCy9vw https://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=7E2B 9g07Rxk 3:02 AM
  • Cicciabella: Yes, it’s a pity three North American critics felt they had to abstain. The list pertains to symphonic repertoire: best... 2:57 AM
  • Porgy Amor: Elizabeth DeShong is performing something called TestTestTest Hmm… New to the 2014-15 season, at a random point each... 2:55 AM
  • Cicciabella: Camille, if you want to see a staged version of Edgar, there’s one with Cura from Torino on the Tube. It’s an... 2:47 AM
  • NPW-Paris: Aaaargh, neighbours fiddling with opera glasses… 2:32 AM
  • NPW-Paris: Kaufmann is doing a Puccini recital this season at the Champs Elysées. I imagine he’s touring it to promote the album. 2:28 AM

C’est la guerre, mais ce n’est pas magnifique

“If war is hell, then Soldier Songs should rank somewhere around ‘purgatory.’ David T. Little’s hourlong opera, which made its NYC debut Sunday, takes a serious and exciting idea—the experiences of ordinary soldiers before, during and after combat—and reduces it to a mishmash of verbal and musical clichés.” [New York Post]

2 comments

  • Henry Holland says:

    But neither text nor music has anything remotely interesting to communicate about the experience of war — not even “what is it good for?”

    Hahahaha, I’m sure the ghosts of Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong would approve of that sentence.

  • killthewabbit says:

    Glad to see you got this one squarely in the crosshairs. At least one of the other local critics seems to be too busy exchanging high fives with the composer and company on Facebook to issue sound judgement.