I wanted an opera with a gorgeous score so the audience is crazy with delight to see and hear it, not cringing in their seats. It can be challenging for composers to write beautiful music because critics often condemn them for it.Can anyone please come up with recent examples of this from, say, in the last 25 years?
There were plenty of complaints about La Ciociara, but most of them focused on its poorly-executed, blatant imitation of Puccini and weak libretto. On the other hand, I remember quite a lot of praise for just how beautiful Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick was. It has problems, which I've discussed, but that the score is beautiful is not one of them - except to the extent that it limited the emotional range of the piece.
And if that's the kind of criticism that Gockley is thinking of, he's off base.