I posted on Facebook how frustrating it is to compose something that is perfectly cromulent but which you know is not the solution to the problem, and after losing a whole week to grappling with Theseus’s first appearance, I was ready to slap down anything.
So I have. It’s silly, silly stuff with a couple of good bits, but really, can you hear this being performed on a modern opera stage? The faux-Baroque bit is too much to begin with, and now this lame bel canto? I think it gets Theseus’s hucksterism right, but it’s just so unsophisticated.
But here it is. Scoff in the comments. I’ll be over in the corner working on a replacement.