Spotlight: Short Operas
Arblaster, Anthony, The Independent (London, England)
As soon as you think about it, or consult, say, Kobbe's famous opera guide, you realize that a rich hoard of relatively short operas lie hidden from us by their absence from the stage. We can hear them. Many of them have been recorded, often more than once. But we seldom see them.
The short opera flourished particularly strongly in the 20th century. Ravel, Busoni, Bartok, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Poulenc and Dallapiccolaall produced operas lasting around an hour, or less. British 20th-century composers almost specialized in operatic conciseness. Vaughan Williams, Delius, Holst and Walton showed the way. In our time Peter Maxwell Davies, Judith Weir, Oliver Knussen and …
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