Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Renaissance Research "Conservatory Project" Winter-Break "Opera In America" Essay Assignment -- [Due at Noon on January 20, 2009]

Public television audiences, in the United States, have been treated this holiday week 2008, to broadcasts of two American operas separated in time by approximately fifty years – West Side Story (1958) and Doctor Atomic (2006).

Assignment: Write an essay exploring the development of the American operatic art form over the half-century period from West Side Story to Doctor Atomic.

Still from film version of West Side Story (1961) and Trinity Site explosion, 0.016 seconds after explosion, July 16, 1945.

Photo credits: Courtesy of United Artists Corporation and http://www.lanl.gov/orgs/pa/photos/images/PA-98-0520.jpeg. With thanks.


Blogger JW said...

Development? Has there been any? Would tht PBS rebroadcast Still's bayou Legend, taped in the 80's.

Really, is Dr. Atomic the best we can do?
Is West Side Story an opera?

10:28 AM  
Blogger Garth Trinkl said...

Grade: Incomplete.

You call that a well-crafted essay?

12:05 PM  
Blogger JW said...

Hey, glad you took it and ran with it. Wish SR would take a look and take a hint! And no, not a well-crafted essay, rather more like a script pitch.

7:37 PM  

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