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2 FORMER MEMBERS OF ROCK BAND THE POLICE TAKE ON ARRESTING NEW SOUNDS IN THEATER AND OPERA

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Two former members of the rock group the Police have crossed over toand are making waves in new musical fields.

Sting, the innovative group's lead singer, took on a new assignment recently in Washington, D.C., appearing as Mac the Knife in Bertolt Brecht's "Threepenny Opera," which is scheduled for a Broadway opening this winter.Reviewer Louise McSweeney found his light, pleasant (and unmiked) voice "lost without his backup band among the powerhouse, theatrical voices around him."

And Stewart Copeland, former drummer for the Police, brought out his first opera in Cleveland - enthusiastically received by rock fans and opera lovers, but not so kindly by reviewers.

The opera, "Holy Blood and Crescent Moon," is based on a story of the Crusades in the Middle East.

"Copeland's score rises only at a few isolated moments to anything that makes us care about his characters. It is full of nervous orchestral busywork," said the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "What (it) doesn't have is a score that remotely knows how to sing," said another.

Undeterred by criticism and his own lack of background, Copeland promises to write another opera. "I've learned what the power can be. I just need to get better at it," he declared.