The big opera item in the New York Times this week is that the Los Angeles Opera is doing Offenbach's La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein with Garry Marshall directing. Marshall is known to all as the inventor of Laverne and Shirley. What this means is opera as slapstick comedy. I must admit this has aroused my curiosity. Should we be shocked and appalled? Offenbach is only operetta, so I guess it's ok.
And still no one is interested in my Austin Powers Don Giovanni.