Dave Snowden’s Blog

Morality tale or musical jest?

5 Aug 14 · 10:37 pm

My last full day in Australia before flying back to the UK tomorrow and it was pretty packed.  The seminar Simon and I had run the previous week generated a lot of interest and I had follow through meetings before repeating the social sector event from Brisbane.  For the evening I planned to go to the opera house in Sydney to see Don Giovanni, one of two Mozart Operas I am prepared to make an effort to go to.  I agree with Kierkegaard that it is Mozart's greatest opera and that opera is the greatest form of art, but I profoundly disagree that Mozart is the greatest of all composers, but simply I think he lacks emotional depth, its all to clever by half.  But the world seems divided between Wagnerians and Motzartians and the distinction does seem to fall between the musicologists and those of us who prefer a grander envisioning of meaning.

But this production had a good cast and on the night Nicole Carr as Dona Elvira had a voice to die for and a body to match the idea of a young naive victim of an experienced and cynical seducer.  But overall the set was drab and the scene where Don Giovanni is taken into Hell was comical, it  lacked gravitas and on that scene the whole opera stands or falls.  Jud Arthur as the Commendatore  just didn't have the depth of voice or presence to make it work.  Leporello was clumsy not comic-tragic.  I could go on but it was played as jest  not as a...

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Early Bird Discount for Washington DC’s CSM course ending 8th Sep

By Michael Cheveldave  ·  2 Sep 14  ·  6:43 pm

Summer's nearly over, and with it our Early Bird discount for the CSM course in Washington DC from the 29th September to the 2nd October.

We'd like to share more about the opportunity to spend some quality one-on-one time with Dave Snowden and Tony Quinlan during the executive coaching session, which is bundled with Day 4 and is directly related to its afternoon session – learning how to work with narrative in facilitated sessions and in large volumes with SenseMaker®.

This covers more than just theory and broad brushes in application, as Dave and Tony have decades of experience using narrative across diverse fields in the private and public sectors. You'll get go hear their experiences applying SenseMaker® in countries such as Mexico, Columbia, Ethiopia, Canada, USA, Rwanda, Egypt and Singapore, getting executive buy-in… or pick their brains and perhaps even solve a nagging issue or two you've been having.

If you take advantage of the Early Bird discount for the full 4-day CSM course, you can save up to $439 — this discount ends on the 8th September.

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