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American opera: small is the word

In Sunday's Washington Post: Smaller venues, smaller scales: Part Two of my story on new American opera.
(Last week's Part One, complete with photo gallery, is still on line.)

Related: The Metropolitan Opera's Peter Gelb talks about commissioning new opera.

By Anne Midgette  |  July 4, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Washington , national , opera  
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I am a big fan of chamber works, and agree that they're the way of the future, particularly if you can write one with a female-heavy cast and minimal scenic requirements.

The only downside I can really see is the same one that Alan Ayckbourn highlighted in new plays- that there is an entire generation of playwrights who can't write anything other than 90 minute one-acters with no more than four actors.

Posted by: ianw2 | July 6, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

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