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Trouble in paradise

Although Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti is always categorized as an opera, the piece certainly has one foot planted firmly in his jazzy musical-theater style.  Read more »

A hole in the Hedda

Hopper“Hopper’s Wife, a chamber opera with music by Stewart Wallace set to an obscenity-strewn text by Michael Korie, turned out to be the most unpleasant piece as I’ve heard since NYCO’s notorious fiasco The Dreyfus Affair, two decades ago.” (Dido and Aeneas, on the other hand, was mighty fine!) [Observer]

Future schlock

metropolitan-3d“Let’s say that the Metropolitan Opera wants to broadcast all of its operas in 3-D. They might not want to do that over the public Internet. Who knows what other technologies might bring us?” As seen here, a possible marketing campaign for Les Contes d’Hoffmann. [New York Observer]

once moor with feeling

La Cieca knows that one should not judge any work by the odd snippet, but she’s going to go out on a limb here and predict that Frédéric Chaslin‘s Wuthering Heights will be the next big camp opera in the “Technicolor Twaddle” tradition of The Ghosts of Versailles and The First Emperor.

Update: the videos of Wuthering Heights have been removed from YouTube, so here’s a clip of what La Cieca imagines the finished opera will be like:

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