Thursday, January 5, 2012

Baroque Opera for Today

The Wall Street Journal reports.
The theory behind "The Enchanted Island," which had its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera on New Year's Eve, is that modern audiences don't have the patience for actual Baroque opera, but that the great tunes—and the terrific singers who specialize in the repertory—of the era should be heard at the Met. So Jeremy Sams, a director and writer, was commissioned to put together a faster-paced "new" Baroque opera, a pastiche of music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and others, with an original story and an English-language libretto. It was a clever idea. But the lavishly cast and produced result was a hot mess, a sprawling stew of Baroque elements minus the wit, depth and dramatic structure that make the originals, however long, work. (Read entire post.)


Titus said...

Hmmm, I thought that's how it might turn out. Too bad, in a way: it was actually one of the Met's less loony ideas of the last few years.

elena maria vidal said...

What a shame!