Saturday, October 20, 2012
Zine Review: The Opera Glass 61
The Opera Glass
Iris I. Arnesen
Iris Arnesen lifts the veil on operatic topics in her beautifully printed journal The Opera Glass. Issue No. 61 delves into Donizatti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, a story which takes place in the Lammermore Hills of
Scotland in the late 1600’s.
Wealth, family strife and tragic love infuse the opera’s storyline that Iris
recounts in great detail. She also includes geographical information about the
opera’s setting in East Lothian, and some
fascinating background on the glass harmonica, an instrument that is used to
great effect in the opera’s score. Rounding out this issue is a review of the
dvd of Coriolanus which stars and is directed by Ralph Fiennes. The writing in
The Opera Glass is both accessible and expository, a joy for opera veterans and
novices alike. Send a few dollars (or as many as you can spare) to support this
highly educational journal.