Wednesday and Thursday nights (2/22 & 23), I will attend the dress rehearsals for Seattle Opera's Katya Kabanova. This is a first time for me, very excited to see it. This is my birthday treat so will be happy to be in an audience two nights in a row. You can count on my review after I see it for the 4th time in a few weeks.
Spring season finally starting to kick in to gear here in Texas:
3/19 - Britten's The Turn of the Screw - Dallas
4/2 - Adamo's Little Women - Houston (Heights, not the HGO)
4/29 - Bellini's Norma - Dallas
Last night's concert performance of Handel's Ariodante featuring Joyce Didonato as Ariodante was absolutely awesome! Every singer was so wonderful that I hate to point one out over and above the others. Having a small orchestra of 22 musicians was great because the orchestra was just the right volume level compared to the singers. But I don't recall ever hearing singers who could project their voices so loudly and clearly and I have been to half a dozen Messiah concerts. These singers are among the greatest, which of course is true for Joyce. I was very impressed with them all, the contralto, the bass, the tenor David Portillo and the sopranos, even Mary Bevan who was a late replacement for Joelle Harvey such that a separate printed sheet on her was included with the program. The only one I can't really comment on is Tyson Miller who played the King's servant as his parts are so small I really don't recall much about his singing.
The English Concert
Harry Bicket, artistic director/harpsichord
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano (Ariodante)
Christiane Karg, soprano (Ginevra)
Mary Bevan, soprano (Dalinda)
Sonia Prina, contralto (Polinesso)
David Portillo, tenor (Lucanio)
Matthew Brook, bass (King of Scotland)
Tyson Miller, tenor (Odoardo)
There are no long Wagner operas. Only short attention spans.
Yes please, a review would be lovely! I'm an inveterate self-spoiler of things - pretty much the instant I heard we were getting a production of this, I went and read the synopsis on wikipedia.
Fan 1. What Mimi dies! Thank for the spoiler!
Fan 2. But shes been dead for 121 years?
Fan 1. Spoilers!!!!
Fan 2. Why are you mad though we're here to see Tosca?
Fan 1. But I haven't seen Boheme
Fan 2. I'm sorry...
Fan 1. You better not spoil this for me she just killed the bad guy I think there's gonna be a happy ending!
Fan 2. Ummm....
"Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.
"J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)
A few last minute operas before this year's Berlin trip (crosses fingers...):
May 2 Ariodante Joyce DiDonato
May 10 Madama Butterfly WNO (no singers I recognize)
May 31 Les Indes Galantes (Part IV) Opera Lafayette