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“Siegfried in schoolboy shorts cooking a sword on a mobile canteen; Mélisande holed up in welfare accommodation, with Pelléas sadistically tying her to the wall by her hair… Carmen trying in vain to be a centre of erotic attention while a near naked chorus copulates on stage; Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail set in a Berlin brothel; Verdi’s masked ball with the assembled cast squatting on toilets so as to void their bowels…” Fans of the “context-free laundry list” school of opera criticism will be happy to know that “the world’s preeminent philosopher in the field of aesthetics,” Roger Scruton, has now shouldered the white man’s burden of rescuing the art form from interpretation. [Future Symphony Institute]

  • I wonder if he’s a member of this Facebook Group(which I have been known to troll….)

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Against-Modern-Opera-Productions/146292958770872?fref=ts

    • antikitschychick

      omg I’ve gotten like dozens of friend requests from that group and I can’t for the life of me figure out why…I’ve denied the request each and every single time…hopefully they got the memo this last time. I’ve never reported them since they have a right to be ‘against modern opera productions’ I suppose, but I definitely don’t share their viewpoint.

      • armerjacquino

        I made one comment on that page, correcting a factual error, and was immediately banned from posting on it. So much for debate.

        Probably for the best. There’s nothing much more pointless than arguing on the internet *shuffles feet, looks round shiftily*

        • turings

          But what if someone is WRONG? https://xkcd.com/386/

        • antikitschychick

          How nice of them. Thanks for reaffirming my decision to never join that group.

  • manou

    From Zurich, where I have just seen a Regie “Traviata” I am reading with great amusement all the Pavlovian responses to Roger Scruton’s piece. What else would he be writing? Are we expecting IS to be offering us “Fifty delicious pork recipes”?

    • “The Aesthetics of Trichinosis, ossia On Nausea and Beauty”

      • antikitschychick

        the comments in this thread were infinitely more entertaining to read than that sappy “woe is me, the conservative aesthete” diatribe. At least Genevieve’s Castle Room gave us some fun quotes every now and then but this dude…gave us wasted words.

        Think I’ll go wash my eyes out with wit, I mean water, like the rest of ya’ll. Also, this to whoever uses the words “music” and “magic” in the same sentence again:

        http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view/784144/rupaul-bitch-slap-o.gif

        • olliedawg

          Greetings to y’all from Malta, where we are detoxing from all the cultural & political windbaggery of the USoA, but antikitschychick reminds us of America’s great contribution to Western culture: RuPaul, who isn’t taking any shit from idiots from obverse the pond. Thank you, antikitschychick, we needed that.

          • olliedawg

            That should read: “over the pond”. Must’ve been the bitch slap what got to me…

            • antikitschychick

              my pleasure :-P and greetings to you too.

    • Expecting Scruton to write interestingly is as much an act of folly as expecting Manou to miss a chance at being smug.

      • manou

        I always avail myself of any opportunity for full strength smuggery.

      • turings

        Aww. That’s a bit mean – I thought what manou said was funny, as usual.

      • Rowna

        Manou is a great “seat mate” at La Casa de la Cieca. Operas are always more fun and informative when she throws her fur boa behind her, ready to greet us all and then often leave before the finale, but not exactly at the interval :)