Sweeney Todd sits awkwardly between genres: it is certainly not a populist jukebox easy-watching affair but is generally seen as a musical, nonetheless. Logically, however, it really should be an opera. Its plot is so melodramatic that it makes Tosca seem positively gritty and realistic and is musically highly complex and symphonic. Continue reading
Most people assume that opera is expensive: an artform inaccessible to most people.
Compare Rigoletto and The Book of Mormon and you may be surprised.