Friday, November 16, 2007

Pappataci Mustapha

The lovely Mrs Yam and I went and saw Rossinni's An Italian Girl in Algiers last night. What a treat! The ensemble as a whole performed magnificently and the tenor that had Lindoro's role was stunning. After his first aria, the crowd showed quite a bit of appreciation and even a "Bravo" was shouted. Quite the unruly crowd last night. The cast cast responded to the audience and looked like they were having fun on stage. The were "on" last night and we could tell -- quite the feedback loop.

I'm not really all that knowledgeable about opera, but I go anyway. I try to read the libretto before hand, but I should probably listen to it before I go to get more out of it. If you are in Twin Cities and need something to do this weekend, there is a show Saturday at 7:30 PM and a Sunday matinee at 2:00 PM. Go. You won't be disappointed. This is a great opera for people who've never gone to one; it's funny (trust me, you'll get the jokes), the music is easy to listen to, the performers are top-notch and, for the newbie, it's short (less than 3 hours).


rigtenzin said...

3 hours! I hate movies that go over 2 hours and I usually hope the band does not play encores when I see a concert.

I bet the opera has intermission though. That would make it much better. I'd like to try one.

bother yam said...

There's definitely an intermission. The longer show (three or more acts) have two intermissions. If you get antsy, maybe opera isn't for you. If you want to start, you can check out the Jeune Lune's concerts (operas without the acting and costumes, just the music) or see some light operas like Gilbert and Sullivan.

I wouldn't recommend Wagner's Ring Cycle for your first couple of operas...