I have just seen the MetHD Encore performance of Willy Decker’s stunning production of Verdi’s La Traviata, having had to miss the Live performance on April 14, 2012. Writing a review after the final performance (both the HD and the Lincoln Center held their final performance today, May 2, 2012) has one distinct advantage. Continue reading
Here’s the Opera Nut again with a few more thoughts after two weeks and two complete performances of La Traviata. Continue reading
Our church service each Sunday includes a section called “Caring and Sharing” at which we are invited to share our “Joys and Sorrows”. Well, what happened to me after the service last Sunday, February 12 2012 was both a Joy and a Sorrow. The Joy was seeing and hearing Rebecca Davis as Violetta in Opera San JosÉ’s production of La Traviata Continue reading
I suppose in theory that I could eventually get tired of seeing and hearing Verdi’s La Traviata — but it would take more than the seven performances I have seen of four different productions of it during the past year. Continue reading
In May I saw West Bay Opera’s production of Verdi’s operatic version of Dumas’ play Lady of the Camellias three times, and in June I went twice to the Pocket Opera version.
Before I begin my review, I want to make a confession.Â I love opera.Â In particular, I love opera-in-the-small.Â I show that love by writing these reviews and by my support for two small local opera companies.Â I am a member of theÂ West Bay Opera Guild and a member of the Pocket Opera Board of Directors. Continue reading
Opera at Its best is a combination of music, acting, and a story.Â Although music is generally considered the most important of these three, I look upon them all as essential.Â And in the act of creation of an opera, the story usually comes first.Â In 1852, Verdi saw the new play,Â Lady of the CamelliasÂ byÂ Alexandre DumasÂ fils, walked out of the theatre saying that must be my next opera, and presented the first version ofÂ La TraviataÂ only a year later.Â Continue reading