… ‘Opera as Opera' Review: The Life in a Dead Art Form - WSJ. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
Why are there no great-voiced Tristans today? Mr. Osborne’s answer, incorporating early recordings not just of singers but of actors in several languages, references microphones and recording studios, changing styles of oratory and everyday speech, an unrefreshed repertoire, and newfangled performance priorities privileging directors’ prerogatives over those of singing actors.Directors should serve the work, not themselves. If they want to be creative, they should go write something.