The Opera, Brian Mulroney: The Opera portrays Mulroney as a politician and a leader. It is an opera categorized into genres of comedy and musical. It is, however, a satirical presentation, more of an epic-fail show of Mulroney as the Canada’s Prime Minister then. Mulroney, The Opera is successful production of director Larry Weinstein, librettist Dan Redican, and composer Alexina Louie.
The subtitle, “politics is cruel” may elicit different interpretations from many people. The leadership of Mulroney generates different ideas about him as a person and as a leader, thereby, has influenced a lot of his constituents’ lives. With the Opera, the people may continue to hate, criticize, laugh at him, or love him all the more.
Mulroney’s story is definitely something larger than life. The story is about a person who had risen above the ranks and took the highest position in a country where he has visions and innovations to impart to his homeland. He walked through the parliament doors a thousand times, the decisions he made during his reign have deeply impacted his country. The decisions and changes he did and made divided his constituents: others have despised him while others won him their love.
The show reveals the different characteristics and attitudes of Mulroney. He was depicted there as charming yet braggart and egotist, to name a few. Nonetheless, the opera generally portrays the bitterness of being despised as a leader and of being underappreciated in everything he did for his country. It also projects a world where every move is watched and judged according to who did it and not to what it has done to its constituents. It is a show where the big ideas he has put forth and big decisions he had made which he thought were for the betterment of his people and for his country were converted into laughing moments. Moments to let the audience reminisce and review both the good and bad memories generated during his term of office as the prestigious and famous Prime Minister.
The Opera was portrayed through a series of caricatures although it does not tell the complete story of Mulroney: who he was, his successes, and his failures. Rick Miller, the actor who portrayed Brian Mulroney in the Opera made the story realistic as he mastered Mulroney’s gestures and style.
The production of the Opera worked because of Mulroney’s achievements and triumphs as a person and a leader. It is a powerful story that blends the fruits of power with its accompanying risks. It presents the story in sarcasm that is usually humorous and sometimes nasty. The story is balanced and artistic as it presents reality in some ways.
On the other hand, Mila Pivnicki Mulroney was portrayed in a different light. The opera producers presented her in the country club with her hair well done and with her high heels. Though, in real life, Mila has much more substance, strength and character, and empathy than how she was portrayed in the Opera.
Whether you are in Mulroney’s shoes or simply live an ordinary life, life is impossible to live without enemies and detractors. Mulroney’s biggest rival then was Pierre Trudeau who was also involved in the doomed Meech Lake Accord.
Conclusively, at the end of every story, we ask ourselves on lessons gained and learned. Thus, what did we learn from the life story of Brian Mulroney? Perhaps, he is indeed worthy enough to be featured in a huge opera. However, for some people they claim that it is Canada who deserves an Opera for surviving a leader like Mulroney.
For Mulroney himself, he is a victorious man who did what he wanted for his country. Conversely, some say the Opera is just a euphemism that brings the people back to his long term reign as the Canada’s Prime Minister. The story brings all the Canadians to the scandal, victory, and controversies he has brought to Canada. True enough, it would only be the people who can tell his legacy. At this point in time, it cannot be told whether the achievements of Mulroney’s government will positively impact the next seven generations to come, because as of today, Mulroney’s reign remains a controversy.