12. November 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera, Ramble

… but too tired to think straight! I thought the orchestra played well. Singers were fine. I enjoyed it, and yet was puzzled. I don’t quite “get” the music after hearing it this very first time. I do wonder if I should have listened to it ahead of time a bit, as I had no idea what I was in for.

And you know I don’t do honest to goodness reviews here; I’m not a reviewer. I go to the opera to enjoy it rather than critique it. Others can do that fun little bit. ;-)

Couple ‘o notes:
Lucky pianists; there for a short time and then gone. And the women all leave early (from the stage, not the pit!) so there are only men (and a boy) to take bows at the end. Sometimes I wonder if the director asks them, “So … you want a bow or would you rather be home in bed by the time that happens?”

I have to admit I don’t care for the silly rolling the director has Ramey do. And twice! He drops to the floor and then rolls down the raked stage at one point. Then, when he dies, he does it again. Once was too much. Twice made people laugh, even though he was dead. I don’t think the director wants people laugh when Boris dies. But maybe I’m wrong.

I do suspect I’ll be searching out some YouTube clips just to hear more of it. I need to get the thing more in my ears to really grasp it, I think. (I’m slow that way.)

And four watches went off plus a phone? Sigh.

Good job oboes! As always! :-)

12. November 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Links, Opera

So I just read that the Supers in San Francisco Opera have their own website, Spearhead News.

You know, I’ve tried for years to be super, to no avail. But you can bet I’m going to peruse the site and see if there is any hope for me. If you are really, really good I think you can be on The Super Committee. I’m not going to reach for the stars, but at least … could it be? … I could be a mini-super or some such thing?

Anyway, I was alerted to all of this via Classical Notes, an dI see there that if I were Super I still couldn’t talk to Anna Netrebko. That’s fine by me. But … well … maybe I could talk to Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Or at least ask him to sing a tune or two? Ya think?

And there’s this, from their Sotto Voce section of the site:

“As soon as the dead kids come off stage, send them to Makeup to get their eyes off.”

One studio teacher to another during the final dress rehearsal for Macbeth.

… and now it’s about time for us to head up to see & hear Boris Godunov. I’ll pay particular attention to all the Super people and see if I think I have it in me. I can dream, can’t I? In my dreams I’m Super Woman. Or something.

12. November 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Reviews

San Jose’s Metro has a favorable review of Elixir’s Sunday matinee. Even the orchestra gets a nice mention. :-)

12. November 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: BQOD

just heard an ad for the SF Opera’s La Boheme on KQED radio. The opera is described as a “heartwarming story” of young artists falling in & out of love & as something for the holidays. Since when did dying young, in poverty, of tuberculosis become heartwarming holiday fare?

Too darn funny! I read it here and I hope he doesn’t mind that I put it up as the blog quote of the day. ;-)

12. November 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

Listening to your favorite music may be good for your cardiovascular system. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have shown for the first time that the emotions aroused by joyful music have a healthy effect on blood vessel function.

Hmmm. I read it here.

Oh … but the whopping 10 people that were studied were told to bring in music that brought them joy. Hmmm. 10 people? Most, by they way, chose country western music.

What would I choose? What would you?

And is “joy” happiness? Maybe not for everyone.