Wednesday, June 4, 2008

It's Not Over Until the Fat Laddy Sings


Believe it or not, An Inconvenient Truth is in the process of being adapted for Opera. No word on whether the Extra-Large and In-Charge Al Gore will, uh "sing" in the last act.

I guess this is yet another cashing-in on the Global Warming -er Cooling -er Warming movement? Or is it just art? Or is it just a high unemployment level among opera producers and performers? You be the judge.

"Opera makes you reflect," (composer Giorgio Battistelli ) said in a phone interview Friday. He is working on an opera based on Gore's book and film about climate change.

If as in "reflect", Battistelli means to "rest quietly while one's eyes remain closed and one's body assumes a hybrid horizontal-vertical position and one's mind attains a state of partial consciousness", then yes, Opera makes you "reflect".

Artists in general "make you see things differently, make you see things in a new light. When we see a painting by Francis Bacon or a film of Sydney Pollack, we get a very precise idea of the problems of our century," Battistelli said.

Oh, right! Art, as in film, gives us a very precise idea of the problems of our century! Battistelli has obviously drunk the Koolaid.

Take for example Independence Day where we gain a keen insight to the mindset and tactics of the hostile aliens plotting to exterminate the human race.

Or True Lies where we learn how a middle-aged man can fly a Harrier Jet up the side of a skyscraper to save his teen aged daughter by asking her to "hop on".

Or Ferris Bueller's Day Off where young people gain insight in how to commandeer a parade float, get one's name painted on the side of a water tower, catch a pop foul, tour the Sears Tower and hack into the school's computer system to change your attendance record in the confines of one spring day.

Or An Inconvenient Truth where we witness a former almost-President with no retained remorse, bitterness or further political aspirations and a reputation for truthfulness (this is sarcasm remember) present a case for a global crisis with data that aren't at all flawed, misinterpreted or simply made up (ditto), while he meanwhile lives in a mansion that is to the average American home as his waistline is to Woody Allen's and criss-crosses the planet in his private jet.

"It will be about the tragedy of our present situation," Battistelli said. "It is a great challenge, of course, to write an opera on such an unusual subject. It is certainly not the story of Romeo and Juliet."

And certainly no more a factual documentary than An Inconvenient Truth.
HT (Graphic) Intertard

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