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Blood and thunder
on Met's final tour
By as much as possible, the work of one
By Susanne Baum artist; he wrote his own librettos and
actively participated in the set design
TN 19TH century Europe, opera and dramatic coaching. The audience
Ireached its greatest heights; it was for Monday night's performance
the most popular musical genre. should be prepared for a strikingly
Many composers devoted their dramatic, theatrical event.
careers to composing and perfecting In addition to Wagner, operas by the
this genre. Out of this arose the great following major composers will be
and innovative composers Richard performed: Peter Ilyich Tchaikov-
Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi. Their sky, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Ver-
operas, along with other 19th century di, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and
operas, will be performed by the New Engelbert Humperdinck.
York Metropolitan Opera Company Verdi, Wagner's counterpart in
during Metropolitan Opera Week at Italian opera, an extreme patriot,
the Masonic Temple in Detroit begin- believed each nation should cultivate
ning on Monday. This week of operas, its own musical style. Verdi
May 20 through May 25, is sponsored developed Italian opera into large-
by the Detroit Grand Opera scale, violent, blood and thunder I Associated Press
Association. melodramas with elaborate sets. iflani VLSiOf
Wagner's Lohengrin, a German- Adaptations of Verdi's style can This untitled work is one of the many creations by patients in European insane asylums now being
text opera which premiered in 1850 nowdays be seen in TV police shown at the University of Chicago's Smart Gallery.
and is set in Antwerp in the 10th cen- programs.
tury, opens the Opera Week. This is the last year the DGOA.
We ps inerating mythialfar-Tf the s Mtroan Happiness and nostalgia come to Hill
plex plots integrating mythical, far- of the New York Metropolitan Opera i ContinuedfromPageio) cept. If the Buckinhams were "Eleanore" and the ageless "Happy
fetched notions. In Lohengrin, the Company. The cost of touring a it hardly mattered - while musically the strongest set of the Together." They even juggled tam-
heroine is accused of murdering her complete company with seven grand- production of their singles was so night, the Turtles handily walked bourines. While their backing band
brother by her evil guardian, who has scale operas has escalated beyond the faultless that no amount of live away with the evening's theatrical patiently and expertly kept the groove
in actuality cast a spell on the brother D.G.O.A.'s budget," said John B. playing skill could recapture the and goodwill awards. One of them going, Flo and Eddie did what amoun-
turning him into a swan. The opera Ford II, D.G.O.A. president and magic fully. (Flo? Eddie?) looks like a puppy-fatty ted to a rock comedy skit as un-
closes as a shining knight restores the general manager. "Detroit and other After intermission the 14-year-old suddenly turned 34, the calculatedly delightful as Spinal Tap
brother to human form. The plot in- cities on the touring circuit have been Buckinghams took the stage, and the other like Grandpa Walton. Together, meets the Karamazov Brothers.
eludes the typical Romantic ideals of showing operating deficits for the past change was immediately evident - they sent up by turns Madonna ("Like The Happy Together concert was a
nobility, vengeance, love, royalty, several seasons," continued Ford. here's a band really interested in get- a Sturgeon"), Quiet Riot, "We Are the parade of ghosts - mysteriously aged
and war. "Dallas and Memphis are no longer ting a second wind, not in just trotting World," reggae, Jim Morrison, men offering up a feast of songs that,
Wagner interpreted music as included on the circuit; furthermore, through the same old cornpatch for Springsteen, Flashdance and them- mysteriously, haven't aged a whit
dramatic expression and claimed that The Met's spring schedule at the benefit of nostalgia hounds. They selves ("'I don't know about you, but over two decades of wear. The spirit
opera was the ultimate form of this Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center haven't played together in any form we were about eight years-old when hovering over the whole affair, then,
expression. He invented a style of has been reduced from two weeks to for over a decade, and the new lineup we put this song out") between en- was Casper: these ghosts may have
dramatic expression he called one," concluded Ford. "Veronica," the projected single from joyable if uninspired versions of such grown a bit frail, but they were in-
Gesamtkunstwerk, literally the The D.G.O.A. has existed for over 40 the LP they're putting out this sum- pop greats as "You Showed Me," finitely friendly.
universal art work, in which the text, years for the purpose of presenting mer, was punched out at full throttle.
stage set, music, dance, and drama area operagoers with the highest "Veronica" is a catchy if unexcep-
all meld together to achieve a unified quality opera available. 1985 marks tional AOR rock, and it's pleasant to
r dramatic effect. This revolutionized the 27th consecutive sponsorship of think that the Buckinghams may a n e The a tre St d o
operatic composition; previously Metropolitan Opera Week in Detroit. again be on the charts 15 years after
composers considered opera simply a Ford invites "all music lovers, in- they first broke up.
musical event-the text, stage set, cluding those who have never wit- The Turtles are Flo and Eddie,
and drama were regarded as too nessed an opera to experience the ex- Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan,
minor to merit the composers con- citement and spectacle firsthand in two genial nuts with enough self-
cern. Other professionals, each the upcoming week of Met perfor- parodying wit to make a nostalgia set Classes in ballet,
having distinct artist styles, were mance. work while sending up the whole con- ma
hired to complete these components; modern, jazz, tap,
thus the operas were stylistically and b
discontinuous and artistically uneven. The School of Music The four accepted candidates will
With Gesamtkunstwerk, Wagner each receive a $7,300 full-tuition
was the first composer to realize that at California Institute scholarship and a $2,300 stipend.
all elements of the opera deserved the
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1985. The deadline for applications
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