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The Opera Tattler: Opera San José’s Cinderella

Opera-San-Jose_Alma-Deutscher-Cinderella-2022_Credit-David-Allen_9104_Resized-scaled* Notes *
Alma Deutscher‘s Cinderella (Act IV pictured, {photograph} by David Allen) returned to Opera San José final weekend with the seventeen-year-old composer within the pit in her worldwide conducting debut. I introduced my Kindergartner to the pleasant Sunday matinée as her very first opera.

Ms. Deutscher completed this opera when she was solely ten years outdated, and it premiered right here at Opera San José 5 years in the past to nice acclaim. The music is neo-Romantic and really fairly, Maestra Deutscher carried out effectively, she stored issues shifting and all of it sounded clear and synchronized. At 2 hours and 45 minutes (with an intermission), it did really feel a bit longer, however maybe I used to be on edge as my five-year-old is inferior to sitting nonetheless as my eight-year-old was at her age. The overture undoubtedly made me consider Wagner, and there have been interpolations of Meistersinger into this piece, as there’s a singing competitors on the Prince’s ball. There have been additionally entertaining bits of Verdi’s La Traviata and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte that most likely flew over my kid’s head, however I laughed heartily.

This model of the Cinderella story has the principle character and her step-family in an opera home, Cinderella is a burgeoning composer, the step-sisters are singers. The Prince is an aspiring poet however his father needs him to marry and take over the throne, so that they throw a masked ball with a singing competitors so he can selected a bride. The fairy godmother is disguised as a poor outdated lady within the woods, and as a substitute of mice and birds, this opera has an elven youngsters’s refrain.

Director Brad Dalton’s manufacturing is luxurious, a dream come to life. The set, by scenic designer Steven C. Kemp, has numerous layers and the scenes are simply modified. Solely the change from palace again to woods and opera home (between Acts III and IV) had an enormous pause, and Deutscher talked us by way of it, which was a great way to arrange the scene with out shedding momentum.

The singing was all very gentle and glowing. Soprano Stacey Tappan and mezzo-soprano Julia Dawson had been very humorous because the step-sisters Grizelda and Zibaldona, and soprano Rena Harms was cartoonishly evil because the step-mother. It was very charming. I used to be glad to listen to Harms once more, her Merola efficiency as Donna Elvira again 2008 has actually stayed with me.

Opera-San-Jose_Alma-Deutscher-Cinderella-2022_Credit-David-Allen_8640_Resized-scaledThe Prince and Cinderella (pictured in Act III, {photograph} by David Allen) made for an cute couple. Tenor Joey Hammond-Leppek has a candy reediness and soprano Natalia Santaliz is a bell-like songbird.

The solid was rounded off by bass-baritone Joshua Hughes because the Minister, contralto Megan Esther Gray because the Fairy, and bass-baritone Ben Brady because the King. All of them are high-quality actors and good enunciators, which was nice for my pre-literate daughter. I’m very curious to listen to Gray once more, the depths of her voice are fairly interesting.

*Tattling *
I feel I should have been totally discombobulated by the logistics of my journey to San José, as I mistakenly sat on the flawed facet of the home in Row F Seat 4 as a substitute of Seat 3. It was fairly embarrassing, and I sincerely apologize to the folks whose seats we took for Acts I and II.

There have been some mobile phone rings famous and a few loud night breathing, so once more, we appear to be popping out of pandemic occasions to one thing extra regular.

The viewers was filled with vitality and pleasure for the efficiency, and I used to be glad that my daughter was capable of be a part of such an engaged group of individuals. She appeared to love the efficiency loads, and loved having time with me with out her sibling. She additionally liked dressing up for the event, and was solely too glad to utilize the selfie station on the entrance to the theater. She insisted that I change out my fascinator for a crown.



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