Thursday, 31 March 2011

Modern Opera Satirised

I put my frustrations about the absurdity of opera into a sketch for my Channel 4 series The Armando Iannucci Shows [Autumn 2001]. In it, I attend a performance at Covent Garden of Ibiza Uncovered: the Opera, in which we mounted a full-scale modern production, with trained opera singers rather too old for the parts singing in their bathing trunks about shagging and going to Manumission to see Paul Oakenfold on the decks. The exceedingly good opera director Richard Jones saw it and later told me that it reminded him of some of his own productions. (from The Times Archive)

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