The making of
an American opera -
'... a searching work that spares no punches ...'
Scour the dictionary for a controversial word, and 'Democracy' immediately leaps from the page.
Not that this opera commissioned by Plácido Domingo for the Washington National Opera is mainly
concerned with any madcap Middle-Eastern schemes. The primary source is a novel of 1880 by Henry Adams
who was a first-rate historian but also had enough presidents in his ancestry to know American politics
inside-out. The result is a searching work that spares no punches about the goings-on of Capitol Hill.
Not that we have here more than a forty-two minute DVD of the opera in rehearsal, with a host of
participants expounding much of the venture's excitement.
Members of the cast rehearsing 'Democracy'. DVD screenshot © 2006 Night Flight Productions
Copyright © 21 March 2007
Robert Anderson, London UK