Sorry about the absence. Real-life gets in the way sometimes, and that's all there is to it.
Just saw this bit of news (via Pop Candy) and was tantalized greatly. Read the link for more details but the takeaways are:
Lord of the Rings film composer Howard Shore, whose Ring score will surely stand as one of the 21st Century's most lasting contributions to the genre, has written an opera.
The opera is based on David Cronenberg's The Fly.
Cronenberg himself will direct.
Placido Domingo will conduct.
David Henry Hwang, who wrote the brilliant M. Butterfly wrote the libretto.
Seriously - how cool is that?