Twitter the opera
April 22, 2009 by Norman Lebrecht
More, in fact, than is strictly within the rules since the contest doesn’t open until next Monday.
There is a measure of sanity to this madcap game. I hate convoluted opera plots and classical farces with characters hidden in shrubbery. Any opera that can’t be summarised in 140 characters should never get onto a stage.
Here’s a couple of samplers, for starters:
Salome: ‘Bring me that man’s head on a plate,’ she says, dancing. Sad stripper gets what she ordered.
Jenufa: Village full of inbred bigots. Girl has baby. Granny drowns it. She gets nicked. Have another drink.
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