Tuesday, December 23, 2014
JFK: The Opera?
Whereas European countries were once able to tap into their
for subjects for opera, America’s never succeeded in doing the same.
That problem comes in part from the decline in opera as a popular,
public art form, but also perhaps from the lack of operatically epic
subjects to be found in American history. Now, composer David T. Little hopes to create a modern American opera with JFK, a 2-act, 2-hour opera focusing on the life of President John F. Kennedy, whose life and death
became defining moments not only for the Baby Boom generation, but
also, many would suggest, the hinge upon which all American history
turns for the last half century. Set to premier in 2016, JFK as a work-in-progress already raises important questions about how opera (and art in general) can approach history. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "JFK: The Opera?"