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CNN opera is a somewhat deprecatory description of contemporary operas taking as themes news events; or of classical opera transposed to a contemporary setting. The name alludes to Cable News Network, CNN.

The phrase has been applied to such operas as:

Perhaps because of his association with Adams and a record of modern transpositions, the phrase is also directed at some of the output of director Peter Sellars.

External links

  • , a review of Nixon in China, makes reference to CNN operas
  • , a review dismissing Sellar's setting of Figaro in the Trump Tower, as "the "CNN Opera" Sellars' detractors dismissed them all as".

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