Friday, June 20, 2008

Osbert's Theory of Opera

There are no good opera libretti. All libretti fail either as text for musical setting, as drama, or as literature.

2 comments:

shereadsbooks said...

What about operetta? I will back The Pirates of Penzance against almost anything.

Osbert Parsley said...

The exception that proves the rule, I suppose. Although Gilbert's libretti were intended to mock other composers' operas, so they deliberately set out to be dramatically ineffective. Which is what makes them so hilarious.