If music be the food, what about the vegetables?

As some who read and enjoy these pages may know, Classical music, including much opera, have been part of my life for many years. My ATW mate David might espouse the cause of Elvis (Costello), and others may vote with their feet and ears for other stars of the musical firmament, but the soaring arias of Verdi’s ‘La Traviata,’ Puccini with his ‘La Boheme’, Saint-Saens or even Delibes complete my listening pleasure.

Few modern composers can compete with the Masters, but we must at least see and hear what they have to offer, even if the subject matter itself is stark, such as John Adams’ ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ or his ‘Nixon in China’; but the question now should be:-

Is the world really ready for ‘Anna Nicole Smith’?”