Shakespeare The Librettist

No writer in the history of the English language has had as many operas, ballets, and other musical works written around his words than William Shakespeare. But there are some rather big stumbling blocks in the path of any composer attempting to add his/her imprint to The Bard’s work. Says one director, “It’s almost like trying to choreograph a Beethoven symphony… It’s already there; you don’t need to add an extra level of music onto it.”