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It is not quite the case that 'Every composer wants to write an opera', as Wheeler suggests; the
idea of Bruckner, for instance, glancing humbly at more than the symphonic hem of Wagner's skirt
is unthinkable. But some time ago, in The Construction of Boston cantata, Wheeler demonstrated
his dramatic skill. Now he attractively expounds the fascination of this subject for him. With no
element of pastiche, he has found an accessible idiom for his late nineteenth-century tale
[watch and listen -- chapter 2, 4:08-5:25].
Equally engaging is Plácido Domingo himself, untenored for the occasion, but proud enabler of the
whole venture and and artistic director too
[watch and listen -- chapter 2, 6:02-7:23].
Placido Domingo, talking about the opera 'Democracy'. DVD screenshot © 2006 Night Flight Productions
Copyright © 21 March 2007
Robert Anderson, London UK