What I like about opera is its potential for intellectually and emotionally satisfying complexity. No art form is composed of more varied elements. Composers and librettists are architects who design towers of orchestrated sound, sung words and staged images. A director who takes up this complicated blueprint is asking for trouble. He has to synthesize into a unified vision dozens of musicians, troops of craftsmen and gaggles of singers, all of whom are highly trained artistes with their own opinions of what the blueprint is... More >>>