III Berlin, Germany 2010

October

Since Wagner the secular matter has become very difficult for the opera.

            This is why I’m trying to find it.

 

Opera has a capacity to talk about the most inaccessible matters. To talk about metaphysical levels–easy. To talk about death and love—really easy. But to talk about the everyday or politics is almost impossible—the words of the opera are easily eradicated by the music.

            Thus opera’s texts have great themes, but simple language. Opera speaks best when the words suggest and the music does the rest.

            In the end, it creates a strange state, an enlightened fantasy, a greater true than reality.

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