And another game was on tonight! Which, I just heard, was lost on a PP in overtime 4-5 to the Milwaukee Admirals.
Well, two out of 3 is not bad, isn't it?
A game, we have missed again since we were in a garret in Paris :-),
with starving Bohemians and a sick milliner in LA BOHEME at HGO!
Ambling through the MFAH's extensive 'Henry Ossawa Tanner' exhibit and then the 'American Made' exhibit (of Museum own oeuvres) of photos, sculptures, paintings, vases, lamps, furniture and much more, we were overwhelmed by the abundance of beautiful and exciting, but also mysterious art.
Here Mary's Annunciation of the birth by the Angel represented by the luminous column of light to the left!
La Boheme needs little introduction:
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Dimitri Pittas, a powerhouse tenor, is her Rodolfo, with warm baritone Joshua Hopkins as Marcello, rich Bass-Baritone Michael Sumuel as Chaunard and South African deep bass Vulani Mlindi as Colline. Others in the cast: veteran Baritone Hector Vazques as Benoit and Alcindoro, as today's Einspringer for an ailing Robert Pomakov (Benoit).
Evan Rogister conducted, John Caird directed.
Houston Grand Opera Chorus and children chorus did their usual great job. There was a chemistry on stage which translated well into the audience who seemed spell bound.. and at the end tears were observed rolling down some cheeks. Such is the power of Puccini's music sung deeply felt.
The set was - shall we say - more or less traditional, the costumes were very turn of century; bustles and ruffles for the ladies, Stovepipe hats for gentlemen. And not too raggedy clothes for the bohemians ;-)!
What more can I say,
Puccini's music interpreted as beautifully as was done by these young singers seemed utterly realistic.