This is an open letter to anyone who has ever dismissed sexism in opera as an inherent product of the times. This is an open letter to anyone who’s ever stumbled upon criticism of racist practices in classical music, and done nothing but shrug, dismissing those criticisms as the ill-informed ramblings of a starry-eyed Social Justice Warrior.
This is an open letter to anyone who thinks that classical music shouldn’t be held to the same standards of critique, dialogue, and evolution as literally every other art form — who thinks that #OscarsSoWhite might apply in Hollywood, but certainly not in the concert hall.
This is an open letter to anyone who claims that calling Don Giovanni a rapist is a step too far. This is an open letter to anyone who thinks it doesn’t even matter what we call him, because in the end, it’s only an opera, and can’t we leave politics out of it?
No — no we can’t. Because opera is never only opera, and politics and art are inexorably linked. And if you happen to feel otherwise — well, this letter is for you. Continue reading →
You will need: A plain T-shirt and a fabric marker (to draw a twelve-tone matrix); fake blood; a fake knife; a hockey mask; a superior intellect.
7. Baroque Ornaments
You will need: Dark green clothing; tinsel; Christmas ornaments and a Sharpie (to draw trills, mordants, appoggiaturas, etc.). Bonus points if you go around telling other people that their costumes aren’t historically accurate.