I have quite a number of events to blog about, but for some reason I didn't feel a verve to write... OK, I'm most of the time really busy, but since I don't socialize via tweeter or Facebook, I could find 15 minutes here and there when on a train commuting and throw a few lines for a blog-entry... For some reason I didn't feel like doing it.
It's probably the effect of spring on my brain -- time to clean up one's life. Or the blow I felt after seeing the 2011-2012 program at the Paris Opera was actually more serious than I initially thought would be... Or a series of downer-shows (Orlando Furioso, Cendrillon, Luisa Miller, Der Messias) demolished my enthusiasm and made me doubt my passion for opera in general.
When there is something intellectually stimulating, emotionally invigorating - I'm all for it. But when a series of shows makes the opposite effect on you, you start feeling a seed of doubt planted somewhere between your heart and brain.
To see a dreadful production of Luisa Miller in Paris after Castellucci's Parsifal in Brussels is definitely a shock on your system that you cannot ignore. Your body starts rebelling...
One thing is clear: I do not see myself in the environment of conservative & judgmental folks who are happy recycling ~10 operas ad nauseam and enjoy agonizing over a few top notes (not) sung by any given singer -- who they then [with equal ardor] either admire or trash.
I like to see opera as living art that thrives on change. It appears that such a way to see opera is orthogonal to the course taken by the Paris Opera, and so the other day, after going through the list of events programmed for 2011-2012, I realized there were only 2-3 productions I was really interested in. And so, I decided not to subscribe to Opéra National de Paris any more, and I am still undecided about other houses.
But hey, it's not that bad. I liked Kabanova, Siegfried, I saw a riveting production of Turandot by Busoni in Dijon, three very good shows in Berlin (oh yes, I very much liked Graham Vick's Tristan!) Will briefly blog about all these shows in the days to come.