Tuesday, April 01, 2008

As Contemporary French Boulevard Comedy Planned For New York City Opera, All Ears Turn To Artistic Planning Of MET Opera & Washington National Opera

On An Overgrown Path brings news of a new world premiere co-production planned for the once proudly American New York City Opera:

"Today's Guardian reports - 'The whirlwind romance of French president Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni is set to reach the operatic stage. The highlight of English National Opera's 2009/10 season is the newly commissioned A Dangerous Liaison with a libretto based on the French best-selling book Carla and Nicolas: Chronicle Of A Dangerous Liaison by Chris Laffaille and Paul-Eric Blanrue and music by Damon Albarn.

Singing the lead roles in the production scheduled to open in September 2009 are Michael Ball and Charlotte Church. The new opera is a joint production with the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and New York City Opera and will also be broadcast on BBC4 TV." ...


[Pan Cogito is secretly at work scribbling the libretto to 'Bush in Sochi', a sequel to the wildly popular American opera 'Nixon in China', which was produced at the Kennedy Center in the late 1980s, and is upcoming at the new MET Opera, in New York City.]

[ ... "In July 2001, whilst completing the album [This Time....It's Personal], PBS in the USA asked Michael Ball to do a whistle stop promotional tour as they wished to show his Live at the Royal Albert Hall video as part of their August pledge drive. The reaction was overwhelming" ...]

Photo credit: Composer Damon Albarn via Wikipedia Commons. With thanks.


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