I'm sorry I have to post this in the Broadway forum, as it might not get much exposure in the opera forum. But I would like to get this concern about the Lloyd-Webber musicals off my chest.
I am confronted by people's misconceptions that they are real operas. Yes I know that Lloyd-Webber's music borrows from Puccini at times, and I know that Phantom has some operatic tendencies. I also know that the Lloyd-Webber shows are sung-through scores, but the hard truth is that sung-through pieces of music theatre doth not an opera make. The Lloyd-Webber musicals are most definitely not operas, even with the rock-opera tendencies of Superstar and Evita. His music is written in a more popular style than real opera.
I sense that my arguments might not have much grounding, but yet I'm aware that even classical performers have included the Lloyd-Webber show tunes in their repertory. I know that Kiri has sung some Lloyd-Webber, and so have the Three Tenors, most notably the songs from Phantom and Cats. I also do not deny that one of the singers associated with his music, Sarah Brightman, played a role in the genre of operatic pop. So while I do not deny the classical appearance of Lloyd-Webber's musicals, they are inherently not classical.
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