Split personality. Liking the arts, especially opera, and hockey and Los Toros. I know, I know THAT one is non pc currently. But I can't help it saw some in Spain and got hooked, but good.
But on the other hand right now opera and hockey are in the forefront!
A mish mash from various operas already composed by others, strung together like 'pearls before swine' ;-)! But that is just my opinion.
And even hunky baritone Daniel Okulitch's voice can't make me believe otherwise ;-)!
Then there is this: Opera in 3D is coming soon to a theater near you ;-)!
"Carmen in 3D" seem to have been a frantic try by Royal Opera to make legs and ??? more tangible (Hm)!
And that Figgis production of "Lucrezia" just another trial balloon in 3-D shown in the U.K. on the BBC?
In good taste/ bad taste?
Tod Machover, known to HGO goers for Resurrection (1999) based on Tolstoy, uses computers/hyper instruments to compose and play his music.
His newest is "Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera," in which a wealthy man hopes for immortality by projecting himself electronically into a couch.
But let's face it, could this soi disant trend to ' back to basics' albeit in a modern=synthetic/robotic sense really regenerate interest in opera, as these musical alchemists :-) hope?
What remains on stage is a couch even if the 'hero' is its incubus ;-)!
I am a realistic optimist LOL! If such is possible!
When so-called progressives are starting to muck around with opera the result - it seems to me - is that the visual becomes too dominant to the musical. And that is no longer OPERA.
Singing is different, in that a singer tries channeling the emotions of an inner voice (am paraphrasing Fleming here) into the role. Opera is meant to be a way for the audience to escape reality, to dive into the unreal, perhaps even surreal, for a while. Not unlike when we, as children, submersed ourselves in stories about fairies and other folklore creatures. The surreal as a way to escape stark reality!
Live opera transmitted into movie theaters is here for certain.
The DVD as a standard form of distribution to the home is too.
Is this the future of opera?
Why go to the opera house?
Why not just tape it and ONLY watch opera (and watch may become the operative verb here)
in a home equipped with surround sound, or without.
Sure, it makes opera accessible to anyone with a DVD/Blue ray player.
And that IS good.
BUT it also takes away the pleasure of a visit to the opera.
The rustling of the audience as it settles into their seats.
The first look at real people playing instruments.
The palpable anticipation as the curtain rises.
The presentation which so often differs from performance to performance.
The bravos or boos by audience at the end or even during. All that is part of the experience.
I , too, watch DVDs, listen to CDs but nothing can truly replicate the total impact of a LIVE performance with all its faults...singers and musicians are human, too, after all!