Saturday, September 5, 2009

Saturday tunes (Highbrow edition)

Why do conservatives make such great material for operas and oratorios?

First came Nixon in China, the 1987 opera (score by John Adams, libretto by Alice Goodman) portraying Nixon's historic 1972 meeting with Chairman Mao and Premier Zhou Enlai:

Then in 2007 came Makris v. O'Reilly, a baritone oratorio using transcripts from the 2004 sexual harassment case filed by former Fox News producer Andrea Mackris against Bill O'Reilly (score by Igor Keller, libretto--well, libretto by Bill O'Reilly, I suppose you'd have to say):

And now 2009 brings us the premier of The Gonzales Contata, a choral work based on the testimony of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales before the Senate Judiciary Committee (score by Melissa Dunphy, libretto by Alberto Gonzales and the members of the SJC):

And for those of you keeping score:
Nixon: Resigned in disgrace.
O'Reilly: Settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.
Gonzales: Resigned in disgrace.

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