It ain’t over ’til the dead budgie sings
Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-05-26
I know that the subjects and plots of opera can get a little bit tedious, and indeed far fetched (apart from "Kill the Wabbit! Kill the Wabbit!… Poor little Bunny!", perhaps), but one about a dead budgie based on a bird-food commercial?!?!
Michael Nyman’s music is ok for a modern, but after his best-known music being introduced to most listeners with a voiceover by a mute, and this newer effort about a budgie, you’ve got to hope he finds someone who can write a decent libretto soon.
C’mon, there must be a million Stephen King short stories that would make better subjects – and surely those shorts provide lots of opportunities for the obligatory 5-minute aria "I’ve just been killed instantly"…
…that or Nyman could write an opera about chocolate, just like Bach wrote a cantata about coffee (and pre-nup agreements).