AGENDA Magazine with articles by Eric and Eva Salzman
The latest issue of the distinguished British poetry magazine, AGENDA, is a double issue devoted to the theme of “Poetry & Opera” and it features essays on the subject by Eric Salzman and his daughter, poet and librettist Eva Salzman.
Eric’s contribution is entitled “Opera, The Writer & The Composer” and it is a brief for a new, small-scale form of opera/music theater that sheds the baggage of grand opera for more direct forms of communication. Eva’s “Opera More or Less Seriously; or an Ensemble of Perplexity” is partly a memoir (growing up at 29 Middagh Street in Brooklyn, still a family home) and partly a rumination on the topic (including her own experiences with the English National Opera Studio). There is a musical except from “Cassandra” (also known as “Cassandra, Ground Zero”), a father-&-daughter collaboration based on a modernized version of the ancient myth.
These essays are in good company with a long list of distinguished contributors including Derek Wolcott, Thomas Ades, Michael McCarthy (co-founder of Music Theatre Wales), Wasfi Kani (founder of Pimlico Opera) and many others. The magazine is edited by Patricia McCarthy, herself a noted poet, and the double issue is Volume 47, Nos 3-4. More information is available at the web site <www.agendapoetry.co.uk/>.