For a long time I thought it was just a myth, an old wives tale that people like to ramble about to look cool.
Until I experienced it first hand. I was writing the libretto for the opera “Camille Claudel” and abruptely Rose, Rodin’s wife, came into the scene. The scene is a fight between Camille and Rose, extremely confrontational and passionate on both sides.
Why compose an opera based on the life of Camille Claudel?
I have been asked this question more than once.
The answer, is that I was simply compelled to do it.
Art in general and music in particular are not considered to be fundamental to a person’s education. Why is that the case?
I recently experienced something that seems to be quite common in today’s concert halls: the annoying kid that will not stop moving, coughing, talking or pointing.
From the point of view of providing a 360 education, people from the middle ages were more advanced that we are.
In 2011, I was for the first time in Bayreuth and had the good fortune to attend their new production of Meistersinger. What I particularly appreciated was the enormous effort of Katharina Wagner to think out of the box and bring a brilliant new take on this masterpiece. While half of the hall enjoyed the show at as much as I did, the other half thought it was horrendous and when the time came for the director to appear on stage, she was literally submerged with boos and hostility.
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