*Attila* by Giuseppe Verdi
|It's *Attila* the Hun and his hungry hoards! Sacking, pillaging, raping....look out!|
Mostly, the costumes are war-like, armour....breastplates, swords, spears....you get it! It's a violent story!
Here's a clip....(not our production....but you get it)! It's a HUGE opera....80 people in the chorus alone....and when you add in the Orchestra, the Principal Singers and the supers...it's close to 200! Yikes!
Yep...*Attila* is killed at the end by a (gasp) WOMAN! The deliciously-named "Odabella"!
Our second operatic offering is 180 degrees different.
*The Magic Flute* by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
|One of the *Magical* Beasts that Tamino, our hero, summons with his Magic Flute!|
This is a whimsical, yet often poignant and meaningful fantasy..... it happens to be the first piece of music by Mozart that moved me....made me * understand and appreciate his genius*.... this production is full of bright colour and will bring joy to all the audience. It is being done in English, rather than German and is sure to bring delight to children and first-time opera goers as well as * Veterans* like me!
|The Poster for *Magic Flute* Pretty, cool, eh?|
|A sketch showing the *Evil, Two-headed Snake* that attacks Tamino !|
|Here is the real snake, under construction.... I saw it on stage for the first time last Saturday....it is huge, operated by on-stage men, who manipulate the heads, jaws etc.|
I love it! Him? Her? It? Them?
We have another renown Opera Singer in this cast...Nathan Gunn. Here he is in his *Papageno* costume. He's a bird-like person, who catches birds for a living!
Some of the costume sketches for *Flute*
|Tamino - the Prince|
|The *Queen of the Night*...the mother of the Princess.|
|Monostatos - the *Evil Villain*|
|The *Creatures of the Forest* who come to Tamino's Flute Call.|
Here's a video of Tamino summoning the animals (in this production, they are all Bears), but you can see how sweet the music is!
Don't they remind you of some of Mim's creations? They do to me....and
I came across this Fish....really a *Mim-Fish* for sure! Hmm...Mim, perhaps you could start designing costumes for operas!
Our third Operatic offering - and my favourite production ...
*Nixon in China* by John Adams
|Nixon and Chairman Mao discuss the world situation.|
|The set for the final scene...taken by my friend, Ann, during a rehearsal last week.|
This clip (also not our production, but the Met's from 2011) shows Madame Mao, protesting while the Nixons are at the Chinese Opera. I am not a big fan of John Adams Operas... but I find this one extremely interesting. I was very young when these events occurred in the 70's...and though the opera is not 100% factual, I found it powerful and moving.
Some of those *infamous* red starred- hats from the production.
One of the
So....there was your first Opera post from 2012.... I hope you enjoyed it!
This week, we will be in *Final Dress Rehearsal* Mode....next week, it all begins for real!
♥ Robin ♥