Visual Opera

Jul 05, 2005 5:44 pm
This has been called the era of the scenic designer. Productions are oriented around the visuals rather than the singers, who often change over the course of a production. Even whole operas are written for their visual aspects. Einstein on the Beach is musically uninteresting but was created as a kind of theater of images. We no longer tolerate singers who are unable or unwilling to be actors as well as singers. We require them to look and act the part. Pavorotti is no longer acceptable as a stage actor and Deborah Voigt has been required to slim down to more reasonable proportions.

I think this is a good trend. I don’t think the singing is any worse, but rather has improved. And now we are getting more of the whole package—not just the sound with a visual suspension of disbelief.

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~ by severalfourmany on July 5, 2005.

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