Forget the purists for now. We once sat in the best seats; can't now. But stop! There's a way! Go to
the Met at the AMC and watch their productions in great, glorious, intimate, resonant color and sound! Tour backstage (unless you want to slip out for a snack or go oh so easily to the restroom) and best of all, experience the surge of delight and love for wonderful opera!
'Falstaff' was amazing. The production set in 1950's Windsor (though I never saw such kitchens back then: they existed only in American magazines - Royal Opera House you should have known better!) was wonderful. Singing (what a cast!), appearance, acting, speed, comedy, and the most brilliant of Verdi's operas, not at all lacking in arias, in fact packed tight with them in suggestion and themes. As at the 2013 LA Opera, I did question the lack of tree and high walls in Herne's Oak forest; they did however open up and suggest that Falstaff (like ourselves) was utterly deluded. Lovable, great. Go again!
For such a silly plot (like many operas) this Rossini 'Armida' was marvelously done with superb
singing (and acting, amusingly overdone) from the two lovers. Renee Fleming as Armida the witch bewitched with her grace and vocal range and Lawrence Brownlee with his creamy voice - believable victim of her love. The ballet was delightful, the addition of the little Cupid (girl) throughout a stroke of genius. The camera work on the orchestra during the overture was superior. The set was simple but clever and fun. The costumes were unnecessrily clumsy though the colors in Act 1 were stunning. The 'nymphs' alas were mainly on the heavy side, though perhaps calling them 'nymphs' was to show the blindness of bewitchment (nah, not really).
Thank you Met, thank you camera crew, thank you to Summer Encore cinema participants. Hurray!
Much of this film was interesting as Manet's portraits, the subject, were far more than plain
portraits. I found the one, illustrated here, of the young woman and the little girl fascinating. The film showed us paintings that weren't included in the show, which was fine and necessary. I found it all a bit chatty and lacking in depth however. The relationship between the two females, the positioning of the girl, the woman's gaze not so much at us as at the past that she was finding in her book, were not really discussed and I kept wondering if Sister Wendy couldn't have made it more illuminating (!) Likewise, the portrait of his son spoke volumes about boredom. Luncheon? That would have lasted two hours and the kid was bored to the point of wanting to kill someone... look at that protruding knife! But truthfully I'm very happy the film was made and any exposure to the greatness is a plus for art lovers and historians. More exhibitions and friendly curators please!
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