We here at Aria Serious are joking, of course.
We like adventure, we like intrigue, we like things new and challenging and different. However, it seems in the world of opera, people like things to be the same way they have always been.
Take the Met's newest production of La Sonnambula which opened this week. Throwing tradition aside, director Mary Zimmerman has set this production up to be an "opera within an opera" -- essentially the whole thing is staged as one big opera rehearsal. Sounds interesting and fun, if not true to the libretto.
But this is where we here at Aria Serious are wrong. Very wrong.
The Associated Press called the production a "travesty" while Bloomberg asks "what was she thinking?"
And then there were the boos at curtain calls. Ouch.
Of course, after reading all of this, we've shelved our dreams of directing our own opera down the road.
But joking aside, does booing at an opera discourage directors from taking risks? I happen to think risks are needed, and can sometimes be surprisingly enjoyable, especially for an art form that has essentially gone unchanged for hundreds of years. Perhaps I'm in the minority. What do you think?
As for the boos, I always felt Joan Sutherland said it best “I think Booing is ill-mannered. A hush, a deathly hush, is just as spine chilling as a boo!”
Or you could just blog about it.