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Monday, May 09, 2005
Pulling Punches on Margaret Garner

The reviews of Michigan Opera's expensive and highly touted production of Richard Danielpour and Toni Morrison's new opera Margaret Garner are trickling in and it is clear that critics are doing some extraordinary contortions to avoid damning such a conspicuously worthy undertaking. New operas are rare, this is Michigan Opera's first premiere, it's Danielpour first opera, and it's about white America's most persistent lingering guilt--slavery. Both Mark Stryker in the Detroit Free Press and Bernard Holland in the New York Times bend over backwards in their respective reviews to be kind but reading between the lines the verdict seems to be: it's too long, the score is derivative, and the libretto is didactic. In other words, it's exactly what you would expect from the combination of ingredients that went into it.

Here at the ranch, Lawrence Dillon has a wholeheartedly positive view of Kirke Mechem´┐Żs Tartuffe, which was performed over the weekend at the Fletcher Opera Center...and I just posted a few new CD reviews. Rodney Lister takes issue with my take on Peter Maxswell Davies's Naxos Quartets 3 and 4. Maybe we can encourage Rodney to write a little counter review over here on the front page.

 



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