With all the drama at the ENO it was more than a little fun to enjoy watching the repeat broadcast of PBS’s Great Performance: Operatunity. If you missed the broadcast, visit the Operatunity webpage at PBS and read about the program in an essay by Marc Geelhoed, the decidedly witty proprietor of Deceptively Simple…
Admittedly, I’m not a fan of reality television any longer, it was interesting at first but grew stale in no time at all. The blatantly contrived American Idol show is one of the best examples of everything that is unappealing about contemporary reality television; however, the Operatunity program was a real treat and makes me believe there’s some life left in the reality genre if the producers of such programming do it the right way.
The program has a lot to offer whether you’re a musician, a dedicated opera patron, or someone who simply enjoys watching television. Although I doubt this single program will spawn a new audience for classical music, it should go a long way in planting a multitude of seeds. Nevertheless, if you’re an opera novice and are looking for a good way to learn about the medium from the inside out, it’s an especially fun program.
So when’s the orchestra version coming out?