The ballet tells the tragic story of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers and the war waged between the rival families, the Montagues and the Capulets. So it’s no surprise that this centrepiece of the ballet is one of the most dramatic pieces of music ever written. Nor that the producers of The Apprentice wanted some of that drama for their theme music. If so, those who created classical music, i.e. composers, were anything but elite.
The use of Nessun Dorma in 1990 and Jacques Loussier in the Hamlet commercials was exceptional at the time. As far as I can see opera has shot itself in the foot by outrageous staging. The magical world of opera has been hijacked by those who think they know better than the composer. ‘Young composers’ do not have a natural right to succeed. Sit in front of a sheet of paper rather than a computer. Make the … Read More