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October 25th, 2006

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11:04 pm - If it's Wednesday, it must be opera night . . .
I'll be at the opera every Wednesday for the next month. It wasn't planned that way, it just kind of happened . . .

Tonight's opera was "La bohème", one of the creaky warhorses of the repertoire. City Opera did make an effort to freshen up the production a bit with more interesting direction and blocking, so I didn't find it as tedious as I usually do.

Dinyar Vania as Rodolfo was pretty decent, but I liked Robert Gardner's Marcello more -- the interplay between him and Dana Beth Miller as Musetta was quite fun to watch, often more so than that between the main couple of the opera. The scene at Café Momus was particularly good because of the two of them.

I was a bit surprised to see Kyungmook Yum as Schaunard -- it was the first time I'd seen an Asian opera singer on stage in a "regular" role. He did a nice enough job though, and I might be seeing him again in the spring, since he's part of the cast for "Madame Butterfly", in the role of Yamadori.
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: "Che gelida manina" by Puccini

(Eat a pomegranate)

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