Updated with some more comments.
Two Women by Marco Tutino
San Francisco Opera’s world premiere last night of Two Women by the Italian composer Marco Tutino raises interesting and important issues about making opera today. I intend to get into this more substantially after dealing with some crushing deadlines….
Joshua Kosman’s extensive review expertly nails the key problems with this opera, as well as its larger aesthetic implications:
But Tutino — along with General Director David Gockley, who commissioned the work from him on the recommendation of Music Director Nicola Luisotti — has also taken this opportunity to mount a rather forceful esthetic argument. In its strongest form, the claim is that the history of 20th century music has been a nightmare that we need to wake up from, and that the path to redemption lies in a wholesale return to the ancient traditions.
Ultimately, such pleasures as “Two Women” can provide are the…
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