When It Comes to Opera, Walking Dead Trump German Romanticism

New York Observer

James Jorden

When opera buffs gather during an intermission—or any of the other many instances these people have time on their hands—their conversation tends to turn not to the current performance or even how great things used to be 30 years ago. Instead, they play the game of “why not?”

Why not, they ask, cast Anna Netrebko as Desdemona in Otello? Why not do a production of Lohengrin using a live swan? Or, even more urgently, why not produce [insert title of obscure op