Singing, as always, was excellent--especially Dessay and Hvorstovsky. The conception for the
staging was truly amazing. Never before have I been made so forcefully aware of how little time Traviata has left on this earth and how frightened she is of dying. The symbolism of the clock and the dark stranger watching her (probably Death) increased the stress.
As for the theater, Delray is NOT the best venue to watch opera. The sound system is less than perfect and it seems at every performance i have attended, it's taken them until the second act to get it right. I much prefer Boynton.
The music was wonderful and the singers, glorious.The set design conception was sadly less than
innovative (or rather, a failed innovation) . Although I have no problem with minimal sets, in this opulent opera, the stark backgrounds and the continual use of ramps was ridiculous!
Beautiful music! Wonderful cast! Convoluted story (for which we can blame Verdi). I enjoyed the
backstage workings in placing the sets. Sound quality was not as good in Delray as in the Boynton Beach theater, but at least acceptable.
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