Thursday, May 29, 2008
If this is not evidence that climate change activism has jumped the shark, I do not know what would be:
First it was the film and the book. Now the next stop for Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" is opera.
La Scala officials say the Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli has been commissioned to produce an opera on the international multiformat hit for the 2011 season at the Milan opera house.
Fortunately for the producers, there is no shortage of "husky" opera singers, so we do not have to worry about insufficient verisimilitude.
This from the Around & About section of the Spring Edition, Number 138, of Finest Hour:
“Terry Reardon of ICS Canada reports a new children’s book, Winston of Churchill, “one bear’s fight against global warming,” for ages 6 and up. Churchill, Manitoba, the polar bear capital of the world, is named after John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough. Winston is a “fierce brave bear” alarmed because the ice is melting in polar bear territory around Hudson Bay. He gathers his fellow bears around him and exhorts them with expressions like “We will fight for ice…we shall defend our island,” etc. Mrs. Winston says Winston’s cigar smoking is polluting the air, so he switches to chewing a twig!...”
As far as the bears and Churchill, Manitoba this may be closer to the truth -'Polars bears on the brink? Don't you believe it'.
When you said there were penty of "husky" opera singers available, I first thought of the sled dogs of the north but then realized these guys might be more appropriate.