05. August 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Merola, Ramble

One thing about this particular Don G I just played (not to go on and on) … it was nice to play the entire opera for a change. Very rarely do i get to play an opera with absolutely no cuts. The group I’m in makes cuts, in order to keep the operas under three hours. I’ve been told it’s because of the orchestra’s contract. I really hope that’s not the case. Sigh.

Anyway, I’m always bothered by cuts, even while I complain about lengthy productions. (Please keep in mind that I just love to complain. Long. Short. I’m gonna complain!) Whenever I see a cut I wonder what a composer might think. Maybe, “So what? You think this particular part of my work isn’t as good or important as the rest?!”

Who knows? Maybe composers are used to this sort of thing.

I wonder if composers working now think about length. (I’m guessing many think about orchestration to keep things “cheaper” for companies. I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it!) Do they make sure they keep things under three hours so more groups will perform them without any cuts?

Yay for Merola doing the entire Mozart opera!

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