Posted by: Dramamezzo | March 28, 2010

Opera Reviews are Boring

They remind me of people’s thesis papers.  Is it necessary?  Do I really have to have flashbacks of grad school to find out what the new opera “The Bonesetter’s Daughter” is about?

Granted I would prefer somebody have writing abilities and knowledge greater than mine yet, I don’t think it is too much to ask for a review of a performance art (dare I call it entertainment) to be interesting.  I am obsessed with opera therefore reading a paragraph 3 times in order to digest it doesn’t phase me but, during a time when we are working to make opera more accessible to a greater audience it makes sense to make reviews readable.  Even educational.  Not ridiculous academic statements that practically dare people to research what the heck they’re talking about.

I know this can be done because I recently found a writer who does some reviews that are not only intelligent and knowledgeable, but upbeat and INTERESTING.  Stop the presses.  Her thoughts are so original that I’ve joined her on Twitter.  She actually thinks about classical music in terms of current world views and application.  Imagine that.

Name: Jessica Duchen (currently working for Standpoint Magazine in London)

Currently has a biography of Faure that recently outsold Katherine Jenkins autobiography on Amazon.

Last Blog (That I know of):http://bit.ly/bnEp80

Twitter:@jessicaduchen

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