Why — very tentative thought, here — the UK might be ahead of most of us in the UK, as we move toward classical music’s future.
“A desire to experience music is what gets me up in the morning. I want to know more, I want to find out what I sound like today, and I want to discover another piece. Working with Sir Colin Davis and the LSO, well, it’s not work, it is making music — actually experiencing the music together. “
Exactly what I’ve urged, for so long. To bring classical music alive for a new audience, let the musicians talk about why they love what they do.
And also these two images, from the English National Opera. I couldn’t photograph their posters, since I only saw them on escalators in the underground, and went past them too quickly. So I took these images from the ENO’s very lively website.
For Simon Boccanegra:
You can see more on the “See What’s On” page on the ENO’s website. Their current hit is Terry Gilliam’s production of Damnation of Faust:
The LSO and ENO may well be way ahead of the curve in the UK. But I’m not sure anyone in the US can match what they’re doing here.
RelatedNext: more on the LSO, and something about the Roundhouse — the most exciting performing arts space I’ve ever seen, where classical music is triumphantly presented in a pop music context.