08 Dec 2005
Making Artistic Trade-Offs at Glimmerglass Opera
By DANIEL J. WAKIN [NY Times, 8 December 2005]
Worried about offending moral sensibilities, Glimmerglass Opera has asked the creators of a new work coming next summer to take "whore" out of the title.
Officials of Glimmerglass, the summer festival in Cooperstown, N.Y., denied they were being prudish but said the word could have kept patrons away. The composer, Stephen Hartke, and the librettist, Philip Littell, acquiesced, and "Boule de Suif, or The Good Whore," is now being called "The Greater Good, or the Passion of Boule de Suif."