Ashley on Opera

by devinking

“But there could be another kind of opera, if opera is no more than storytelling and the evocation of an imaginary landscape in the form of music. There could be a kind of microcosmic opera, no bigger than–and as powerful as–hand magic, card tricks and disappearing coins, at a six foot distance. An opera to match our fascination with the microscopic world, an opera that has the tempo of very small things. This would differ dramatically from our old fascination with the tempo of very large things, the Coliseum, the Pyramids, the huge Russians with deep voices, the tempo of political change. We could live with an opera of extraordinary speed and extraordinary intricacy.” Robert Ashley in Outside of Time