Friday, October 12, 2018

A New Season Begins with Something Old and Something New

Last time, in And a New Season Begins, I talked about starting our 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Season with one of the most popular and most performed operas in the world – Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème.  In fact I’d hazard a guess that at any given moment, somewhere in the world,

A bunch of starving artists are huddling together against the cold in a dingy, rooftop garret in Paris preparing to sing their way into our hearts, just as they did during the very first performance at the Teatro Regio in Turin in 1896. La Bohème was a smash hit and would secure Puccini’s legacy as one of the greatest opera composers of his generation. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

And A New Season Begins

I had that recurring dream last night – the one where I’m standing in the wings of the Metropolitan Opera, in costume, waiting for my cue to go on and I suddenly realize….

YIKES!!  I’m singing the major role and I don’t know the words or the music!!!  Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to wing it.  Mercifully, I wake up in a cold sweat before I am forced to test that theory, which I don’t think would hold up.  Phew!! 

Fortunately, the cast and conductor of Saturday’s opera knew exactly what they were doing.  After a long, opera-deprived summer, I couldn’t wait for our first opera of the 2018-19 Season, and it was well worth the wait.