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A Twitter feud in June between the Estonian president and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman who questioned the impact of Estonia’s austerity measures, is being turned into an opera, US composer Eugene Birman told AFP on Wednesday.

“Our short opera will be first performed by Iris Oja and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra conducted by Risto Joost during Tallinn Music Week on April 7,” Birman, who moved from Riga to the US at age of six, told AFP.

The piece, in two movements, uses two voices, those of Krugman and Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, reflecting their exchanges on the Twitter social network.

“‘Nostra Culpa’ (Our Fault) is a short 16 minutes operatic piece which takes up the age-old economic disagreement of austerity vs. stimulus,”…


  1. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm |

    Opera buffo, no doubt, with Krugman as the clown. Or the clown as Krugman.
    Whatever, it will no doubt be a none hit wonder featuring lots of elbow music**
    **That’s where the melody sounds like a guy playing a Steinway with his elbows – lots of crashing, discord and atonality. It’s my handle for supposedly intellectual music too cerebral to be understood by the hoi palloi, and comes from the same frauds that bring us most modern ‘architecture’ and ‘art’.

  2. Steve Skubinna
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 10:25 pm |

    I see it more like Philip Glass… “Krugman on the Beach.”

  3. mech
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 11:37 pm |

    Something like this?

  4. Thunderbottom
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 7:44 am |

    Mozart at the age of 11 probably wrote a better opera than this guy just did. Still, it might be interesting to hear this piece if only to learn which side Birman supports (“fine arts” musicians are a depressingly lib/prog bunch).

  5. Posted January 18, 2013 at 9:51 am |

    ( snicker )

    Toomas Hendrik Is an Estonian-American libertarian conservative. He handed Krugman his head when Krugman tried to debate economics with him.

    Just read the news, little news-reader monkey.

  6. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 10:12 am |

    mech beat me to it, but here goes anyway …
    (What? No, What’s Opera. Who’s on first.)