Listen Closely

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Beware of long books with short titles. The Politics of Opera looks straightforward enough, especially when the subtitle reveals that the period it covers is confined to the 17th and 18th centuries. But the amber light is triggered at once by an introduction entitled ‘Prologue: Mixtures, Boundaries, Parallels’, a mystifying triad left unexplained by what […]

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Aria Rage

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

In the late 1980s, I went to the Edinburgh Festival for the UK premiere of Nixon in China, a new opera by the American composer John Adams, with a libretto by the American poet Alice Goodman. I knew the music of John Adams only slightly, from the BBC, and the poems of Alice Goodman not […]

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Interval Talk

Posted on by David Gelber

Opera lovers are to opera what rioting football fans are to the Cup Final: an undesirable element. Almost all of them are boring to distraction, bourgeois vultures so utterly sedentary in their theatrical tastes that it is not surprising to hear their unconsidered applause acknowledging the most dreadful performances. An evening at the opera is […]

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