Sunday, August 30, 2009

Handel in Chinese

“[Semele] is the original ‘material girl’ but where does it lead her? That’s very relevant for China today.”

“It’s basically PR-led, using famous names the public will know as a way of getting opera into newspapers, which is all to the good … but generally if you go to see these shows you can tell that the people who know how to do their jobs, the singers, the chorus, the professionals, did most of the work.”
-- from Handel in Chinese, by Laura Battle, in this weekend's Financial Times, discussing the new production of Semele at De Munt, directed by opera tyro Zhang Huan.


The Opera Tattler said...

I feel quite worried about this performance. Hope to not get the giggles.

Axel Feldheim said...

Giggling at Handel would be so rude. I hope that those accompanying you will be able to keep you under control.