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The Opera Tattler: Antony and Cleopatra (Once more)


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I began going to San Francisco Opera in 1996, and over time I’ve gained many opera going buddies, with whom I’ve traveled to see operas everywhere, from Seattle to Berlin. It has been unhappy to not have the ability to attend performances for the previous few years, so when my opera buddy primarily based in Brooklyn stated he want to go to John Adams’ Antony and Cleopatra (Amina Edris as Cleopatra and Gerald Finley as Antony in Act I Scene 5 pictured, {photograph} by Cory Weaver) on September 18, I did my greatest to awaken up a few of our buddies to go as effectively. As I didn’t know standing room could be again or if I might have the ability to get press tickets for this date, I bought 4 tickets for the final row of the home. I used to be lucky sufficient to have the ability to get press tickets, and thus requested two extra buddies to affix us. A lot merriment was had, although sadly nobody else appeared to love this opera as a lot as I did.

It was agreed that every one the voices have been lovely and that the music in between scenes in Act I used to be robust. From the orchestra degree, I felt I may hear tenor Paul Appleby as Caesar extra clearly, his voice is good and light-weight, good for Mozart, but in addition beautiful right here. His music in Act II Scene 2 made my hair stand on finish. Bass-baritone Alfred Walker sounded extra highly effective from the balcony. I nonetheless appreciated his aria in Act I Scene 2, but it surely was much more noticeable to me this time how declamatory the vocal strains have been all through the opera. Soprano Amina Edris (Cleopatra) gave me chills although, particularly in her demise scene on the finish of the opera.

I actually beloved listening to Maestra Eun Solar Kim and the orchestra. I confirmed for myself that it was between Act I Scenes 4 and 5 that sounded significantly Wagnerian, like the tip of Das Rheingold, one thing very Valhalla-esque to the music right here. Once more, I loved the textures of cimalom and celesta, and am wanting ahead to seeing the orchestra once I attend this opera once more on Friday as a part of my subscription.

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I made a reservation for the North Field Restaurant, however one way or the other bungled it by solely having a desk for two somewhat than 6. Fortunately we acquired there early sufficient that it appeared to get sorted out rapidly, the those that work there are very type {and professional}. I famous that a lot of the group current had been on the French Laundry again in 2010, the very night our native baseball staff received the World Sequence, and we had completed The Wave on the desk and three of our occasion sang a part of Nixon in China. We did The Wave at our desk, convincing our one compatriot that was not there final time to take a video of us.

Our press tickets have been in Row S and there was a “well-known opera canine” subsequent to us who was very quiet and well-behaved. I famous a loud mobile phone with an 80s arcade sound close to the start of the opera and some watch beeps at every hour. I additionally heard a couple of individuals being hushed. My opera companion fell asleep throughout Act I Scene 2.

My buddies weren’t very proud of me on the finish of the opera, as they felt the second act dragged on too lengthy. At 3 hours and 17 minutes, maybe some cuts could be useful. Anyway, certainly one of our occasion threatened to strangle me, and one other talked about they may need to stand exterior the opera subsequent time with indicators protesting my lack of style and potential spousal abuse in bringing my associate to such a boring efficiency. I apologized to all of them, giggled heartily, and invited them to do standing room for Eugene Onegin subsequent Sunday.

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