documentary or opera?
- The Death of Klinghoffer review by IM
Penny Woolcock tries to make both, and for me it didn't quite work.
That said, it was an interesting week to learn about the Arab-Israeli conflict,
(mid-May '21) what with rockets pouring out of Gaza and many dead.
Opera is such an "unnatural" way of presenting ideas and situations that all the
"verismo" of traditional favourites such as "Cavaleria Rusticana" is left way behind
here by voiceovers and reportage life Jon Snow reporting a la Channel 4 News!
Then we have poor John Adams wrestling with Alice Goodman's weighty text with its
long long choruses and the captain's personal confessions to camera.
Of course it was a real attempt to make opera relevant to our time and, since it was created
way back in 1985, it's a shame in a way that today it's more relevant than ever!
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