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Monday, February 18, 2008

Gimmicky-Assed Opera

posted by on February 18 at 9:53 AM

I was listening the the Metropolitan Opera broadcast in the car this weekend, wondering What could they possibly be talking about? What is going on? I’ll tell you what’s going on: Opera directors with pommel horses up their asses trying to “make” “opera” “interesting.” Even if Karita Mattila—the much-lauded, much-favored diva among opera queens (not this one, henny)—had actually hit the intended pitch of high C, those splits would still have embodied the very essence of modern opera production—vulgar, farcical, wasteful, and meaningless.

Interviewer and Actual Reigning Soprano Renée Fleming (literally) does not stoop to that level:

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I was reading the Slog at the breakfast table this morning, wondering what could he possibly be talking about? What is going on?

Posted by John | February 18, 2008 10:10 AM

I know. Shh.

Posted by Nick | February 18, 2008 10:14 AM

I thought the whole point of opera was to be entertaining and vulgar. Huh.

Posted by Michigan Matt | February 18, 2008 12:11 PM

So opera from its inception has always been a pure and high-class art that has never tried to be interesting or entertaining?

Posted by bma | February 18, 2008 12:36 PM

WELL, ARE YOU REALLY EVEN ENTERTAINED BY SPLITS? is the question. DOES IT FURTHER THE STORY? is the question. DON'T YOU FEEL PANDERED-TO? is the question. These are the questions.

Posted by Nick | February 18, 2008 12:41 PM

I have questions.

Posted by Mr. Poe | February 18, 2008 2:19 PM

We are totally "questioning."

Posted by Nick | February 18, 2008 2:28 PM

it's not the directors that are in charge of the broadcast intermissions. peter gelb isn't a stage director, never has been. and-- this is a funny criticism to attach to a 28 year old production of manon, of all things.

Posted by HURRRRK | February 18, 2008 5:25 PM

Alright, kids...saw Karita in this role in Houston a couple years back. She did this for the final night so...this is not due to Peter Gelb. This is due to Karita...who sang the role amply and was a wonderful actor in the role. Her voice has a much more consistent richness when compared against Renee Fleming who I can write a whole diatribe for in favor of other sopranos...but will refrain.

Posted by Opera Queen | February 18, 2008 8:03 PM

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