Lyrical lessons from ‘Rosenkavalier’

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Sometimes I despair of the endless recitativo of modern opera, this fallacious idea that the music should underscore the words. These passages remind me of Kenneth Hince’s phrase: ‘acres and acres of interminable mudflat’, which he applied unfairly to Brahms, but which describes contemporary opera better. I think this ‘unending recitative’ (which is not what […]