The big news about the Canadian Opera Company’s current production of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio (in case you haven’t heard) is that director Wajdi Mouawad has substantially expanded on the original spoken dialogue of Christoph Friedrich Bretzner and Gottlieb Stephanie. In so doing he has surgically deconstructed some of the implicit values buried in the text – values rooted in 18th-century Western culture. As well, Mouawad has invented a prologue, in which the happy couples are seen to be safely returned to Europe, thereby turning the whole opera into a flashback. And as if all this were not enough, he also inserted a Muslim prayer scene.
I haven’t posted one of these “New Music I Like” blogs in a long time. In fact, I wasn’t thinking about posting another one until I found myself watching TV late at night, on Tuesday. I had the Late Late Show on in the background, and wasn’t really paying much attention to it – until “MΛX” (i.e. Max Schneider) and an unnamed harpist took to the screen.
“Eatock Daily” is a classical music blog – and I claim no real knowledge of any other kind of music. As for pop music, I haven’t paid much attention to it since 1979, so I’d never heard of MΛX before Tuesday. But a little Googling revealed that he’s an American musician and actor whose star is on the rise.
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