Slovenly semi-literate geek with far too much time on his hands

Favorite films

  • Metropolis
  • Ikiru
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Ivan the Terrible, Part I

Recent activity

  • Touch

  • Close

  • The Wait

  • La Corbière

Recent reviews

  • Touch


    Unlike the other opera shorts in this series, this one uses real world ambient sounds as part of its soundscape as opposed to just instrumentation. Added to this it has vocalised sounds that are rarely recognised as words, which makes in the music this the most unusual yet. Video-wise however it has a somewhat conventional use of video as background that would be familiar to opera theatre goers (this same company did something similar in a really excellent Aida-as-an-allegory-for-totalitarianism production a few years ago), though overall the results are quite agreeable, another fine short.

  • Close


    Like so many of these opera shorts produced during the pandemic this one is *about* the pandemic - inevitably, fairly, I suppose. However, this one finds genuine humour in the subject - there is a brief mention of John Wayne films and cancel culture that’s very Twitter, in general this operatic duet hits enough relatable points to seem very modern. Admittedly theatrically staged though good use of closeup; the inability to touch and the yearning it engenders suits an operatic duet extremely well, really. Rather rich orchestral scoring too, one can hear the romance stir as it were. Anyway this one was good!

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