Another Review of Émilie and Video

This weekend I travelled to Charleston, SC to see all three operas offered by the Spoleto Festival USA – Émilie (Saariaho), The Magic Flute (Mozart) and The Medium (Menotti).  Kaija Saariaho’s monodrama Émilie had been criticized for it’s lack of dramatic impetus, but I found the interior drama of Émilie du Châtelet to be extremely compelling, expressive yet obviously contrived with the compositional convention of serialism – at least in part. 

Another benefit of my trip to Spoleto:  an introduction to the work of playwright Martin McDonagh whose play, The Cripple of Inishmaan, was produced there this summer.


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