Cher Public

  • rapt: Andrew Porter notes, in discussing the revisions the opera went through, that the debutante of the first version wsa a Susanna, of... 5:43 PM
  • Chimene: WOW…? 5:33 PM
  • armerjacquino: You rang? httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=MkLA ROqtZfg 5:29 PM
  • Dolciamente Pipo: I guess I don’t consider Erna Berger a lyric soprano, really, but more of a light coloratura…t hat’s... 5:16 PM
  • Lindoro Almaviva: That should not be too much or a surprise. Afterall, Butterfly was composed for a lyric soprano and the role’s... 4:34 PM
  • Lindoro Almaviva: If you are surprised by this raise your hand….. Just as I thought. I hope Keenlyside will have a speedy recovery... 4:29 PM
  • la vociaccia: Lisa Della Casa also made her operatic debut as Butterfly. 4:17 PM
  • Dolciamente Pipo: In August Everding’s great Da Capo interview with Erna Berger, I was surprised to hear her say that she often sang... 3:57 PM

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.