28. August 2008 · Comments Off on Wainright’s Opera Pulled · Categories: Links, Opera, Ramble

The Met and Wainright sound as if they parted amicably. The reason given for not doing it there is that he wanted it in French and they didn’t. And he wanted to have it presented earlier than they.

You can read about it here.

I will confess I’m skeptical about the opera, but willing to give it a go. I should probably be a Wainright fan, but I’m not; there’s something about his voice that just makes me think “whiney”. Of course how he sings has nothing to do how a pop singer writes an opera.

And yes, you’d think I’d like whiney, since I play oboe and I whine. Go figure.

Gelb is quoted, “Presenting a new opera that is not in English at the Met, when it could be in English, is an immediate impediment to its potential success with audiences.”

Honestly? I really wonder about that one. Opera folk are quite used to other languages, and with supertitles these days, it’s not really any big deal. Is it?

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