Like Ady I've been involved in some form of 'showbiz' all my adult life (including a long stint at Opera North) so I've had a good look at some of the 'high arts'
Opera. Like all classical forms has it's "hits". you'd be surprised how many really really well known Classical themes come from Operas with or without singing. So in that sense it is invaluable. You have to remember in 'olden days'
Opera was like telly. It told a story in very colourful moving images when nothing else did. It might seem weird to hear someone warbling in italian. but it isn't to an italian.
on the other hand a whole Opera is too much for me. I couldn't do a whole one
my job once was to catch the fat lady when she jumps off the balcony at the end of Tosca.
p.s it's really weird working at Mint when my mates are working opposite at Opera North
Ballet : weird. I saw that all-male swan lake though. which was impressive. If you look at it like athletics it's more interesting.
in general though watching both Opera singers and Ballet dancers doing the "acting" bits is intolerable. HAM.
Classical Music. Brought up on it. Love it. Weird modern ; not so much but even that has it's good bits.
Fine Art: Love it.
Conceptual Art : Fuck off forever you lazy bastards.
Jazz ; Delicious hot. Disgusting cold. But can blue men sing the whites?
Poetry : Charles Bukowski, Shakespeare, and most of the 20th century Brits. Love it.
Books : Can't get enough. Anything.
Film : Ditto
TV : Never got into it.
Performance Art : Kill 'em all and charge for the pleasure
I reckon some of the older arts are like stately homes. They have to be maintained as a duty to the past. But the discrepancy between where the money goes is criminal. It's a class war issue
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