I put back the term Eurotrash in my top ten post. In my mind Regie Theater and Eurotrash are not synonyms. All Eurotrash is Regie but not all Regie is Eurotrash. Some of it is actually good. The word regie just means direction or staging. The director is the regisseur.
Regie Theater is a more definable term than Eurotrash. It refers to
productions, primarily from Europe but not always, which move the time
to something like the present day. Other traits are imposing a story on
the opera which is different from the actual story of the opera; adding
sexual activity; assigning symbolic meanings to objects and actions.
Eurotrash is in the eye of the beholder.
It is an argument to have whether or not it is possible to have a modern
opera with a Regietheater production. You can't move it to the present
because it already is there. If you add a lot of fake sex, that might
As a result of this argument, I have added a new label--Regie--and added it to the Enthusiasms section. It's best if labels are kept short. This
label has been applied to over 100 reviewed productions on this blog. If
you are interested in this subject at all, select the label to see what
I think is Regie theater.
In attempting to distinguish between regie and Eurotrash my argument was that the top 10 regie productions would be a completely different list, so here it is. These are my personal favorites in the extreme production area based entirely on how much I enjoyed them. You will have to choose your own. I notice, now that I have selected, that this list is quite varied and comes from all parts of the operatic world.
Number 10 is Monteverdi's L'Orfeo from London by the Early Opera Company. Though extremely abstract, I felt that the plot in this production by
Boyd and Tom Piper
was expressed very effectively. Its cause was augmented by the great beauty of the musical performance.
What makes it regie? The use of ordinary modern clothing is the primary basis for the regie classification. There is no attempt to suggest a period. The plot is only slightly modified.
The story of Orfeo is the story of the power of music. Nothing stands in the way of this powerful musical performance.
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