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Modern interpretations [May. 24th, 2008|12:54 pm]
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What do you think of modern re-workings and interpretations of opera?

(Like: Rent, Miss Saigon, and Carmen Jones; or last year's staging of Semele at NYCO where Semele was Marilyn Monroe, Jove was JFK and Juno was Jackie.)

I think that this sort of thing can really be very interesting, and show how the stories from operas that are hundreds of years old can still be relevant today. (After all, there's all this modern Shakespeare, too.) Also, while I don't actually like Rent or Miss Saigon, they might encourage people to see the original work.

What do you think is necessary to have a "good" modern reworking? What else do you think needs one?

(I'm in the process of planning a modern Tosca, if I can work out the logistics of it. I want it really badly. It works so well, in theory, with Guantanamo.)

Aida is so full of jingoism, it must have some modern application.

[User Picture]From: nessa_cosette
2009-04-03 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'm usually not a big fan of modernising, but as an exception, I love crazy modern Rings. Maybe because I love it in every form.

I think a modern direction can be good if it's made with "brain" and not against the music, and isn't mockery.
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