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"Death and the Powers: The Robot Opera"
Bar Harbor
Well, that was disappointing.

Why is it that shows which embrace new, radical technologies in their production values always seem to end up with *stories* that are anti-technology, luddite, and basically pro-death?

And while I'm asking useless rhetorical questions, why does opera, as a medium, seem to think that it can get away with incredibly banal dialogue, as long as you sing it at a sufficiently high pitch and drawn out? Other forms of theater, even those that make heavy use of music, don't seem to have a problem with making the actual words be interesting.

Well, at least the robots were cute.

Note to self: the second balcony tickets at the Cutler Majestic Theater are cheaper, because they are stratospheric. The overhead view is kinda cool, but I could do with a few less flights of stairs to reach my seat.

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Kudos for the Anna Russell quote :-)
Humbly accepted, and forwarded on to Miss R :-)

You could say exactly the same about musicals. And yet, somehow *that* medium managed to grow and mature.
I could say that musicals, by including spoken dialogue in their construction, have been designed to include more than just the songs. I could say that words like "grow and mature" imply value judgments, but that operas certainly have changed in other dimensions over the long run of the art form. I might even suggest that musicals themselves are an evolution of opera in the direction you like, but I admit that I don't know the relationship between opera, operetta, and musical theater well enough to state it for sure.

Subjunctively, I could say any of the above. Indicatively, I'd love to borrow a mighty, meaty "Tales of Asgard" sometime; indeed, I seem to be accumulating reasons for a visit south sometime soon.

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