Critics Award of the Day (CAD): John Heilpern

John Heilpern over at The Observer gets props from us today for corroborating our qualms with Opus. He even articulates (did he have a copy of the script?) our citations of music-as-metaphor, which further bolsters our donning of the DUCHY on Linda Winer!

“And here comes Dorian, the temperamental genius of the quartet, grasping for the right words as the second theme from the Cavatina movement of Opus 130 reaches a stirring crescendo:

“At its best … when everything’s working right, when everyone’s open to it, it’s … lovemaking.”

Ha! Take that, Winer.

And Heilpern’s handling of the thorn-ridden issue of certain of the characters’ homosexual inclinations is pitch-perfect.  In writing of Dorian (aka crazy violist), he summarizes his situation here:

“He’s been abandoned by his lover, Elliot, a nasty old queen…”

And that’s how the queen’s throat sings.


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