Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
No surprise. Putin’s the casting director. Details here (in Russian).
All I can say is “who cares?”
I won’t be watching any part of these olympics. They betray everything the olympic movement represents.
Agreed. But that betrayal we have for many years, including London, Salt Lake City, Peking and all the other places where the Olympic commercial circus is sold to the masses.
I read an English-language account via Google News. Rehearsals will be soon, so maybe we’ll learn the selections that will be performed before the live event. In the US, there’s a tendency to minimize and truncate any classical or operatic performances. That’s why “O mio babbino caro” is the aria of choice for talent shows; it’s brief. If Netrebko were to sing the “Song to the Moon” from Rusalka, or maybe Rachmaninoff’s “How beautiful a day it is here”, something that the general public is not familiar with and that they might find enchanting, would emphasize that there is more beautiful music there is than they’ve experienced.
I won’t be watching the olympics, but I’m certainly going to watch Netrebko’s performance.
And I’ll be watching the Olympics but will certainly skip Netrebko’s performance.
My money is on NBC switching to a commercial while she’s singing.
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