CNN opera is a somewhat deprecatory description of contemporary
operas taking as themes news events; or of classical opera transposed to a contemporary settingFact|date=February 2007. The name alludes to Cable News Network, CNN.
The phrase has been applied to such operas as:
*"Nixon in China" by John Adams
The Death of Klinghoffer," also by John Adams
*"X" - based on events in the life of
Malcolm X, composed by Anthony Davisand Thulani Davis
*"Harvey Milk" composed by
Stewart Wallaceand Michael Korie
Perhaps because of his association with Adams and a record of modern transpositions, the phrase is also directed at some of the output of director
* [http://www.portlandopera.org/2005/nixon/about.shtml A Great American Opera] , a review of Nixon in China, makes reference to CNN operas
* [http://www.ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?sec=music&article=127 Mind-altering Mozart: Peter Sellars' famous stagings of three operas now out on DVD] , a review dismissing Sellar's setting of Figaro in the Trump Tower, as "the "CNN Opera" Sellars' detractors dismissed them all as".
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