18. September 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

Included in The San Francisco Chronicle review:

Even for a first-time listener, “The Crucible” holds few real surprises. It is cloaked in agreeable, mildly spicy tonal harmonies and lyrical melodies that soar in just the direction you expect them to go.

I’m not sure this is true. I talked to a friend who attended last night’s performance. She didn’t enjoy the singing parts much at all, although she appreciated the orchestra music (she said it reminded her of Wagner). She missed the arias of older, traditional operas.

But she doesn’t care for Sondheim either. :-)

She also said a lot of audience members left after the first half. That surprised her; she said even if something doesn’t totally appeal to her she’ll stick it out. (Hoorah for her!) So my guess is that the work is “too modern” for some folks. It was, after all, composed in 1961. That’s newer than me, which must mean it’s VERY new.

Me? I like the opera. I like it a lot. I think the staging is wonderful (I saw it at a piano tech). The lighting is great and costumes are just right. I think the majority of the singers do an excellent job. But I’m ready for it to be over. There isn’t one light moment in it and it starts to weigh the body down. (I’ve checked, I weigh more now.)
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