A night at the opera
For those of you interested in my mom's take on the opera, she had a great time and tried to comment on it, but messed it up. So I will sum up here for the both of us.
On Friday I took my mom, 74 years old, to her FIRST opera..."Cosi Fan Tutte" by Mozart. What a fabulous production.
The staging, lighting, orchestra, and cast were all TOP NOTCH. Of particular note were soprano Karin Wolverton who played the role of "Fiordiligi" and Mezzo-sporano Janine Hawley who played "Dorabella". Wolverton had the best scored arias and Hawley had the most opportunity to ham it up for comedy.
The part of "Don Alfonso" was played by Stephen Eisenhard. During some of his parts I was reminded of a DVD of Donizetti's "L'elisir d'Amore" that I watched not long ago, and the role of "Dulcamara". I said to my mom that I thought he would make an excellent Dulcamara. Well, looking at his bio-information in the program I found that he has indeed played Dulcamara. Hopefully they will bring that here one day with him in the role.
Next season (October 2007) will bring Giuseppe Verdi's (Joe Green to you) "La Traviata", "Amahl and the Night Visitors" in December (If you've seen [Don Giovanni] "Juan" you've seen Amahl), and in March of 2008 will be Strauss's "Die Fledermaus" !! Yippee!