Because I want to do a piece about real people! And I want to set it in a real place! A boudoir! — because that to me is the most exciting place on earth. Underclothes on the floor! Sheets still warm from a woman’s body! A pisspot brimming under the bed!
There are shrinking audiences for opera. Things are not going well, and the support has to be at the base, not the top, of the pyramid. Nonetheless, we continue to willfully exclude the public. People hide behind phrases such as 'dumbing down' as a way of avoiding the fact that this thing we care about is becoming more and more isolated.