Follow along over at "The Overgrown Path for the shake out following the premier of Lorin Maazel's operatic translation of Orwell "1984" (1984 the Opera.
In reading over the dust-up from the critics, I have to say I've not read anything that makes me *not* want to see the opera. In fact, I have had a hard time finding anything that smacks of substantive or meaningful criticism. More pointedly, Andrew Clements' write up for the The Guardian strikes me as amounting to nothing short of a fit of nincompoopery.
The real core of the fuss is probably, as "The Overgrown Path" observes, "actually about someone who has never written an opera being allowed to buy a staging at Covent Garden."
And, finally, I guess (push come to shove) that Jessica Duchen is right: "the vast majority of new operas are actually crap". Still I want to see it.