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Ibsen's aim, according to Raymond Williams, was to express tragedies in the human condition. Ibsen qualifies a human tragedy as the state "[when a person] stands in a tight place; he cannot go forwards or backwards.” Williams also cites the specific characteristic that distinguishes his and Ibsen's modern drama from the preceding well-made formula. The well-made formula, Shaw observes, can be divided into three sections: Exposition, Situation, Unraveling. The plays of Ibsen and Shaw, Shaw himself asserts, do not end with a classic unraveling. Their work can be divided as: Exposition, Situation, Discussion.
I think some of our fine contemporary composers, including Jake Heggie, Ben Moore, Jeanine Tesori, Ricky Ian Gordon, Thomas Adés and Michael John La Chiusa, might find inspirational material in the plays of Ibsen to use for operas. Like any such adaptation, these would not be plays set to music but the use of the kernel of a story to grow an original opera. I would start with A Doll’s House (1879) and Little Eyolf (1894).