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.


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.