Sunday, March 07, 2010

Arizona Opera -- Arias 2010

I do enjoy a good opera. This week, the Arizona Opera offered a glimpse of a number of classics. Joel Revzen conducted an engaging arias:

-- Overture .... Wagner's Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg
-- Abscheulicher! wo eilst du hin? .... Beethoven's Fidelio
-- O namenlose Freude .... Beethoven's Fidelio
-- Eri tu che macchiavi .... Verdi's Masked Ball
-- La luce langue .... Verdi's Macbeth
-- Nessun dorma ....Puccini's Turandot
-- Overture ....Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades
-- Mira O Norma .... Bellini's Norma
-- Overture .... Verdi's Luisa Miller
-- Minnie dalla mia casa .... Puccini's Girl of the Golden West
-- O don fatale .... Verdi's Don Carlo
-- Walther’s Prize Song ....Wagner's Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg
-- Intermezzo .... Puccini's Manon Lescaut
-- Dio, che nell’alma .... Verdi's Don Carlo
-- Isolde’s liebestod .... Wagner's Tristan und Isolde

It featured four amazing singers:

-- Christine Brewer, Soprano
-- Daveda Karanas, Mezzo-Soprano
-- Richard Margison, Tenor
-- Gordon Hawkins, Baritone

I went with the plan to buy the cheapest ticket I could. I ended up with the best seat in the Tucson Music Hall -- fifth row, dead center -- for $40 (sometimes it pays to be spur of the moment).

I am uplifted and thrilled every time I see and hear professional opera of this quality. The Arizona Opera meets with my approval.

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