First I would like to celebrate a milestone and say thanks to my loyal followers. Today I reached the heady total of 150 yes, one hundred and fifty followers.
“I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.”
For many of the blogs I follow this is a small number but when I first started on this blogging journey some 14 months ago I wasn’t sure that I would gain even one follower. So I am overwhelmed by this total.
I have written before on my love of opera. Recently I wrote about Manon at The Met and other operas I have seen in that series.
Here in New Zealand we have a
very professional world class opera company. The company (NBR New Zealand Opera) puts on two or three performances each year, with singers brought in from around the world to support and encourage our own ‘home grown’ talent.
The next performance is to be Verdi’s Rigoletto directed by Australian Lindy Hume who was last here in 2007 to direct Lucia di Lammermoor. The NBR New Zealand Opera’s Director of Music, Wyn Davies, conducts a stellar cast, including Warwick Fyfe in the title role, Emma Pearson as his daughter Gilda and Rafael Rojas as the cynical womaniser, the Duke of Mantua.
NZ Opera has a so -called Supper Club which is part of the NBR New Zealand Opera’s sponsorship programme. This allows entry-level sponsorship of the opera at a level we can afford. In return we get early notice of upcoming operas, tickets and invitations to special events at which we meet some of the singers from here and overseas. Tonight was one such event.
Over wine and beautiful finger food, we got to meet all three principals of Rigoletto. And as a special treat they all sang for us.
The Wellington function is always held in Logan Brown‘s a first class restaurant housed in an old bank building and the banking chamber is perfect for the acoustics required for opera. There are never more than 30 invited guests and so it is quite an intimate occasion and as we are so very close to the performers, we get to see all the facial actions which we won’t see in the theatre.
The Opera performs in both Wellington and Auckland with each centre having its own chorus. So the Director has the added challenge of getting two choruses working individually with the stars. There are to be only four performances in Wellington and the cast is busily rehearsing for the opening night which is to be May 19th. I am really looking forward to this production and so watch this space!
Grand opera is the most powerful of stage appeals and that almost entirely through the beauty of music.
- Classical music: The Metropolitan Opera’s hugely successful “Live in HD” satellite broadcasts are changing the opera world across the U.S. and the globe, according to the New York Times. Next season, the series will expand. (welltempered.wordpress.com)
- Opera Magic (notesfromtheblogusfear.wordpress.com)