Monday, August 10, 2009


The number of young people in the audience at the Santa Fe Opera may be the most I've ever seen. This is in addition to the young ushers and apprentices. It isn't your usual old person's opera.

Riding the van back to Albuquerque, I mentioned that the opera The Letter is composed entirely out of its period, its period being now, and could easily be something by Barber, Copland or late Prokofiev. Someone immediately objected. "I disagree. I liked it." When in that sentence did I say I didn't like it? I liked it fine. It's still out of its period by some 60 or more years. That isn't how people are writing now. This falls into the category of data, not opinion.

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