My take on Opera in the Heights' MACBETH!
Yes, Houston readers of this blog who are opera lovers as well, most likely will have seen it before and/or read the raving reviews. I do try hard to refrain from reading reviews, although I could not miss hearing things like "a must see" etc. but tried to shut out anything more, so I can report, as unbiased as possible, what I felt,and heard, and saw.
Which Better Half and I did Sunday afternoon to a sold out house at Opera in the Heights.
Saw is perhaps the wrong word.. most definitely HEARD wondrous music.
I really think MACBETH is my fave Verdi, right next to Trovatore and Othello! Maybe because all 3 are dramas dealing with human frailty and 'bad vibes" :-) sort of "drammas horribiles" ;-)!
Joke aside, the production set in a gangland (NOT like this PSY-gangman)
But no matter.
baritone with Wagnerian lungs, portrayed the ambitious and murderous (spurred on by his wife) Thane of Cawdor with raw vocal power,
ably matched in volume. albeit with much more vocal flexibility,
by soprano Emily Newton as his scheming and, finally, guilt ridden wife. Newton, sang with force when needed, but floated exquisite piano notes, where proper, without batting a lash!
BTW those of my chers readers in Germany should look her up at the Dortmund opera, where she will sing the title role in ANNA NICOLE (premiered by Westbrook) alas, those dates are not compatible with my European trip, since I shall be at Salzburg, Vienna (VOP and Staatsoper), and 5.17 Berlin at Komische Oper as a - hopefully - spell bound audience member ;-)! And on the high seas on May 27! Otherwise... you better believe me.... I WOULD be there!
Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage
April 27 & May 2, 5, 10, 17 & 29 2013
Aaron Sorenson, the Banco, produced an amazingly rich bass sound from a very slender body, whose Banco reminded me of Che Guevarra.
Cameron Schutza, tenor, sang Macduff's beautiful aria with ringing sound and garnered much applause. Here Filianoti with this aria from Salzburg
OH chorus master Fuller schooled and managed the large chorus to huge success. Better Half opined that this was - in his mind - the best chorus yet seem/heard at OH in years!
|Witches - photo thanks to Gwen Turner Juarez|
The orchestra followed Maestro Carreon-Robledo's guidance with intensity and virtuosity.