Re: Teatro Comunale in Florence and the Maggio Musicale Festival|
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2007, 09:51:26 AM » by Ruben
One of my favorite all-time opera experiences happened at the Maggio Musicale.
The opera: Rigoletto
The production: outstanding, in my view - it highlighted the politics and power relations underlying Hugo's Le Roi S'Amuse in a streamlined, powerful way.
The opinion of 50% of the audience: similar to mine.
The opinion of the other 50%: diametrically opposite - their idea of Rigoletto did not include this particular approach to political analysis.
The result: loud - very loud - shouted, really - discussion during intermission, and simultaneous catcalls and standing ovations for the performers.
The epilogue: fast-forward a few years. During a conversation on passion and the arts, one of the participants turns to me and says "But surely, you cannot expect people to get into fights over the message of an opera, in the same way that they did last century?"
Oh yes I can, my friend - yes, I can...