porn opera

Went to see the open dress of Rufus Norris’s new production of Don Giovanni at ENO this morning. Interesting in the context of last night’s aesthetic discussion as it had (consciously I’m sure) a really ugly aesthetic. Very European. Sort of loved it and hated it in equal measure. But always good to be provoked.

Then dashed back home to have a meeting with the composer of this porn opera that I’m writing the libretto for (based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Snuff). All very fruitful – and he was very impressed by our home-made bread. And got into a bit of a debate about the porn industry which is good to start because that’s going to come up again and again with a project like this. So back to work on the next draft of the libretto – he’s hoping to start writing some of the music in the new year so I have til the end of December to get something settable!

Then we’re off to Riverside Studios this evening to see Sam Brown’s production of Peter Gill’s Over Gardens Out, which I’ve heard is brilliant. And I’m sure it will be…

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