There is an uproar in Italy because the director Leo Muscato has changed the opera, setting it in a modern gypsy camp and having Carmen not die but shooting Don Jose. This is supposed to be a politically correct update protesting against feminicide. (There has been an increase in Italy of murders of women.) I personally feel this is an incorrect use of any art form but many feminists applauded the change, including some important female politicians.
To me, this paves the way for other ridiculous distortions of art: Tosca jumping off the castle with a parachute; Botticelli's Venus's legs painted over with leggings - are just two hyperthetical possibilities.
Some argue that by "modernising" Carmen, the opera will have greater appeal to the younger generation. ME THINKS NOT! What about you?
Irritating personality traits haven't softened - do friendships change?
Needed but feeling left out - do others feel the same?
Where were you on this day? - moon landing