Reality TV, Meet Your Melodramatic Soul Mate

Classical music irrelevant? Hah! One of the latest reality-TV efforts being pitched to American networks focuses squarely on the appropriately melodramatic world of opera. Think of the possibilities! “Category-5 star fits, backstabbing left and right, failed high notes, plus Pavarotti-esque quantities of food… The proposed scenarios for the show’s first few episodes have [the main character] handling financial problems over long distance, often just before going on stage costumed in the standard Rossini-opera wigs and tights. His 22-year marriage is full of tension. This father of two sons talks about three months at home being ‘way too long. I’m a road guy.'”