Sunday, April 4, 2010

Robert Hugill on Writing New Opera

I just happened upon an excellent article called "Writing New Opera." It comes from Robert Hugill writing for the online daily music magazine Music & Vision.

The article focuses largely on the composer's shaping and/or avoidance of narrative through the libretto. It's a great read and especially useful to me today, as I expect to finish my new libretto before sundown!

Expect another post later today.


  1. That is a great article. Thanks for posting... gives me a few things to think about, that's for sure. I think Hugill misses one thing in the article: chamber opera. If it's cheap enough to produce, it's always possible to fail and try again! That's a little bit harder with grand opera.

  2. You're welcome! And you're right, I thought of chamber opera as well when he mentioned the ability to fail. Speaking of... 13 weeks and counting!