Friday, March 9, 2012

A Chamber Opera

Puss in Boots - A Chamber Opera

I received this beautiful postcard from Russia when I took part in the Alphabetical tag on the Postcrossing Forum. Have you ever taken part in a tag? It can be lots of fun! The lovely person who tagged me checked my favourites ^_^

This is actually a poster, circa 1885 for a chamber opera. What is a chamber opera? I had no idea myself so I asked wikipedia who tells me:

Chamber opera is a designation for operas written to be performed with a chamber ensemble rather than a full orchestra.

The term and form were invented by Benjamin Britten in the 1940s, when the English Opera Group needed works that could easily be taken on tour and performed in a variety of small performance spaces.

So now I know! However I cannot imagine the story of Puss in Boots performed as an opera, even a small one.

Oddly enough I was just reading about Benjamin Britten the other day because he and WH Auden collaborated on an opera using the words of Auden's poem 'Stop all the clocks'. I happened to be looking it up because I took part in Emilie's 'Adopt Penguin Books Postcards' project. It will be interesting to see how long the cards take to travel back to the USA.

Postcard Friendship Friday

This was a post for Postcard Friendship Friday at "The Best Hearts are Crunchy". Check out the other participants to see more lovely postcards!


  1. Well, here's another one who hadn't heard of chamber opera before. I'm constantly learning things through postcards.

  2. Amazing what we learn through postcards ... chamber opera and Puss 'n Boots! Love this card. Happy PFF!

  3. That is one postcard I'd like to have, too. Count me in the list of people who has never heard of chamber opera! But I did watch the Spanish-accented Puss 'n Boots, the Hollywood version :)
    Have a great weekend.

    Postcards Crossing

  4. This reminds me that I should see those Shrek and Puss 'n Boots movies! :)

    Happy weekend!

    And thanks for the info about chamber opera. I've heard of it before but it's only now that I really read into what it really means.