Links: docu-opera and Dinnerstein
In Sunday's Washington Post:
Staging the operatic lives of Richard Nixon, Alberto Gonzales, and Anna Nicole Smith, by Anne Midgette.
My take on the enduring phenomenon of "docu-opera," which, I think, is following the same path as we seen in film: from the big bio-pics of the 80s and 90s (think Stone's "Nixon" or Stewart Wallace's "Milk") to more gritty, attitude-filled, fact-based documentaries. The Gonzales Cantata, coming to Baltimore on a double bill with "Dido and Aeneas" from Feb 4-13, sets actual transcripts of the Gonzales hearings: Michael Moore comes to mind.
"A Strange Beauty:" Dinnerstein's Bach CD, by Mark J. Estren.
It's worth noting that this recording debuted not only at the top of Billboard's classical charts, but on the top-200 charts overall: an impressive feat given the usually low sales of classical recordings.