03. November 2010 · Comments Off on Cyrano Last Night, Tosca Today … · Categories: Opera, Videos

I was sent a lovely email by a reader (hello Nate!) and he reminded me that this is National Opera Week. I had meant to post something … or somethingS … and then forgot. Ah well, I am certainly experiencing opera this week!

Last night was Cyrano De Bergerac, with Placido Domingo, at San Francisco Opera. Man, that guy can still sing. It’s not just that he gets the notes … he’s just so naturally musical about what he does with them. And the soprano, Ainhoa Arteta, was fantastic. Between the two of them I was wrapped in wonderfully musical, warm voices. I couldn’t quite wrap myself around the entire opera itself; Alfano is new to me, and there were moments of Respighi, movie music, and even one spot of Wagner-esque music. Some of the opera is just heavenly. Other parts I was (not literally) scratching my head. But if I could return I would; I’d love to hear those voices again, and I suspect more listens would help me understand the work more. (I do have a recording, so I suppose that will have to suffice, as I certainly can’t afford to go back right now.)

Today Opera San José‘s orchestra rehearsal for Tosca takes place. (Yep, just one, but we do have a total of six rehearsals with the singers.) Three hours for us to master the music before singers come in the door. I’m looking forward to doing the work, as long as my ear quiets down a bit — today is a very noisy ear day, and this means that I’ll be moving into VertigoLand™ soon. Not a pleasant thing, but what can be done? Not much!

Meanwhile, when Nate contacted me about National Opera Week he also supplied me with a link to an Opera Company of Philadelphia video. The chorus surprised Macy’s shoppers with the Hallelujah Chorus. I’m sort of surprised myself … not by the “flash performance” but by the choice of music. I would have thought they’d do something from an opera. But in any case, here it is (and thanks again, Nate!):

This was part of Knight Arts Random Acts of Culture … something I only read about via the video above.

They say more videos can be found here, so I’m now on my way to check that out!

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