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D G Myers

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D G Myers

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C. Turner

"I am quite willing to believe that those responsible for it thought it a clever idea to "set the opera in a Berlin brothel, with Selim as pimp and Konstanze one of the prostitutes," but ultimately this is just an aesthetically vacuous attempt to "update" Mozart, to run roughshod over Mozart's original vision of his opera and establish their own overwhelmingly lame one in its place. It is a practice to be found not only in opera but in theater in general, whereby directors and producers with the aesthetic sensibilities of lizards attempt to keep the great works 'relevant.'"

This, I think, indicates that the "relevance" of modern restagings might have more to do with box office receipts than any attempted aesthetic pathbreaking.

Excellent posts this week, Dan--the idea of ugliness as a central organizing principle is fascinating. Have you read Even Dara's fiction?

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