Friday, June 15, 2007

the usefulness of opera

When you are in an existential crisis, such as after an unproductive rehearsal, or in a post-show funk, it is useful to listen to opera really really loudly. Italian is best. Never German, oh god, all that recitative. French is OK. Especially if it is Francis Poulenc's Les Dialogues des Carmelites. Because it is, after all, about an existential crisis. The nuns getting their heads lopped off, one by one, by the guillotine...very cathartic.

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