Well, you know, nobody else reported on this, so your own intrepid Hoffmann, this evening, dared go where none of us has gone before.
With good reason...
Nonetheless, turned out to be a touching and very sweet film.
Annie, you have opera loving friends?Several of my opera loving friends have seen it and enjoyed it.
I can only imagine what that must be like.
Today I watched on the picture box a film that was funny, soppy and thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend it.
I was channel surfing this afternoon, and this was on MTV:
There was a time when Neil Young was an overhwhelming favorite and playing constantly. Lots of great music!
In “The Expanse”, a diplomat from the Martian government visits Earth to try to avert a potential war. And during the trip he catches one of his “favorite operas”, because Earth still has the best venues in the Solar System.
I had to stop, rewind and enhance image to see if it was a “real” opera or a made-up future opera. It’s ‘Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny’! Which makes sense because the Martians are anti-capitalistic.
Okay, it’s not a film, but I didn’t think it was worth a whole new thread. If you enjoy intelligent science fiction, this show – based on a series of award-winning novels – is the best thing around right now.
Hmmm. ‘Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny’ is a bit dark - it does have its moments, of course - I love "Moon of Alabama", but have to admit the only voice I hear singing it is, well, Jim Morrison.
You might remember this, but here's Hoffmann as an extra in the Met's Rise and Fall.. , ca. 1980 (the hair is mine):
I hadn't noticed the opera detail, thanks for showing it! Neat!
It is nice to see that a science fiction work pays homage to the endurance of opera as an art form. 420 years and counting, and sci-fi creators are giving it several centuries more, countering all the Chicken Littles who say that opera is dying - we've seen Star Trek's multiple homages to opera (Captain Picard is a fan; the Klingons do it as well), etc. Like we've mentioned before, there is a real-life contemporary opera in Klingon language, hehe. I saw parts of it on YouTube.
"J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)