AND watching … the Great Performances broadcast of Macbeth. Not an opera I know at all.

Elaine Douvas is playing oboe. Wow, she takes in a lot of reed! I simply can’t play with that much reed in my mouth, but I’m finally accepting the fact that some of my students who swallow the reed may continue that if it really does work for them.

Side note: Watching the beginning: the chorus members are very funny (bad) actors. It’s better to see them from a distance. Really. This is one of the problems with close ups of opera. It’s better from a bit of distance.


  1. I saw the broadcast in the theater. What did you think about the sleepwalking scene? The traditional view is that she is crazy, but I’m not convinced. The soprano brings such a cold, calm, twisted sense about her. I enjoyed it a lot.

  2. I switched over to the ballgame, so I missed that part, Cooper. I figure I can watch it later, but the ballgame is live! 😉

  3. Heh … BUT … you asked so I switched back to that channel and what is on but THAT scene. How funny!

    I’m not particularly fond of this entire production. It’s supposed to be in the 40’s maybe? But they still have to carry torches? And her rolling on the floor earlier in the opera just made me laugh.

    But, really, I need to see the whole thing sometime.