Posted at 3:52 PM on September 16, 2008
by Gillian Martin
Two new operas have had premieres in California lately, to mixed reviews, at best.
San Francisco Opera's The Bonesetter's Daughter, based on the Amy Tan novel, fared better. One critic called it "a potent addition to the operatic repertoire," but another thought that the "mystical dimension was overblown" (registration required).
I'm always glad to see new operas get a chance, though. It's such an expensive thing to produce that it takes considerable chutzpah to shake things up.
I find it rather strange that more of the new operas that are being produced / composed are by composers and librettists that we have never heard of. These people seem to have come out of nowhere and write either a very good or very bad opera and then their name is in the arts news.
A good example is the Minnesota Opera's new opera this season "The Adventures of Pinocchio" by Jonathan Dove. And where have we heard this name before?