Post by Bert Coules
This is excellent: an extract from Armando Iannucci's new book about the
joys (and otherwise) of opera.
Hmm. Thanks for this, Bert. It's pleasant to see some genuine attempt to convey the appeal of opera, and not (especially from this source) simply write it off as elitism. However, it's very clever and amusing, as I'd expect from IA, but in a mannered, self-conscious way. A bit like watching a glossy BBC4 documentary on a subject you know something about --Lucy Worsley on detective stories, say -- and finding it unrelentingly shallow and showy. Ianucci is primarily a political sketch writer, a pretty good one, so I suppose this kind of response is unavoidable; but for this kind of thing I personally prefer Stephen Fry.