Cher Public

  • La Valkyrietta: Well, Fred and Rita too, and Cyd, and Leslie, etc. :) 10:00 PM
  • La Valkyrietta: Ages ago I took a little friend to the Met to see Walküre (not abridged, and with no crocodiles, helicopters, motels,... 9:51 PM
  • SilvestriWoman: Astute as ever, Ivy! I’ve never heard her live but, judging from the clips posted here, I’d think she was at... 9:21 PM
  • DonCarloFanatic: A young friend just was telling me the same thing: Shorten operas, get rid of the dull stuff, and maybe some younger... 9:17 PM
  • nachEule: Noted, Lohengrin! Thanks. (Surely not in Tracht for Last Night, though?) 9:09 PM
  • CwbyLA: This was recently done with Magic Flute in Barrie Kosky’s production that played in Berlin and LA Opera. The tedious... 7:26 PM
  • aulus agerius: If ‘inapposite& #8217; refers to my post, you misread me, as does AJ. I don’t care a stuff about white wigs and... 7:07 PM
  • La Cieca: Particularly inapposite to get all pearl-clutchy about Manon Lescaut, an opera that sort of malingered on the fringes of the... 5:47 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.