Tuesday, February 09, 2010


What comes to mind when you hear opera?

Fat Lady?
Culturally antiquated?

Before I met my husband, my only encounters of opera are what I saw on tv.

I have since been to 4 different operas and they are quite enjoyable. On Saturday we went to the Barber of Seville at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. We saw Cosi fan tutte at the Ellie as well and then the Marriage of Figaro at Macky Auditorium at CU.

Of course the shows done by professionals at the Ellie were polished with nice sets and incredible singers and musicians. The shows put on by the CU opera department were still nice and felt accessible for novices like me.

And actually all operas have become accessible as there are subtitles that are easy to read on the back of the seat in front of you. The songs are written in such a way where lines are often repeated multiples so you can watch the body language of the singer and not stare continuously at the subtitles.

This art form is absolutely amazing as the full orchestra plays while these talented singers make the story come to life. It like a Shakespeare comedy set to music with deception, romance, humor, mistaken identities, and true love.

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