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  • Camille: Oh, I just cannot wait to hear the pæans of praise The Vicar will bestow on Ava June–but until that happy time–here... 11:56 AM
  • Lohengrin: Happy birthday to Anja Harteros! 10:52 AM
  • La Cieca: Unlike some people i could mention, he is capable of both. 10:45 AM
  • Lohengrin: A sort of terrorism, it is always the result of social and human coldness. 10:26 AM
  • gustave of montreal: pray !! big help. 10:19 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I’m very grateful to Christopher for posting this, and I’m really enjoying both sopranos (Erie Mills is new to... 8:19 AM
  • gustave of montreal: No 15 dead. But 9 unfortunate. The sniper (apparently one depressed loner) killed himself. Nothing relates to... 8:16 AM
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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

  • 1
    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.

  • 2
    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.