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June 25, 2009

English composer Peter Maxwell Davies to write opera about Parliament scandal

Leave it to Peter Maxwell Davies, great British composer, to find operatic inspiration in the financial scandal rocking Parliament -- all those MPs filing bogus expense claims, including the famous moat-cleaning one. Davies is putting his outrage about the mess into a comic opera, because "these people are a public disgrace and deserve to be publicly disgraced on stage. The bankers are also in for a rough ride in the work, too." Can't wait.

Now, what American composer will step up with a comic opera about Gov. Sanford?

Posted by Tim Smith at 1:25 PM | | Comments (1)


Come, come -- you know the _best_ comic-opera material would surely come from either George Dubya hisself (John Coolidge Adams has his "Atomic" drama, now he needs to do a "Nu-cu-lar" comedy!) or the late, great farce which was the McCain/Palin presidential campaign -- the libretto can even go up to the Letterman fiasco, a perfect example of why Sarah Palin as vice president (of anything) would be an utter disaster (good luck, Alaska -- she'd have Kim Jong raining warheads upon you in _no_ time!). Now, which singers can we blackmail -- I mean, encourage -- to take the two lead roles... ;^)

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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