The opera was fine, but the theater doesn't have its patrons interests at heart. We waited for 25
minutes for the feature to begin; when it did begin the house lights didn't go down for awhile. When the 3 hour opera was over the house lights never came up, so many patrons were struggling to leave the stadium seating in the dark. I brought this situation to the attention of the manager and he at first said that the house lights not coming up at the end was part of the same problem (some computer problem) as the earlier late start. But he changed that story when I asked him, if it was something that made sense to him as a consequence of what happened earlier, why he did not take steps to prevent it happening. Suddenly it was not "part' of the earlier problem but an entirely separate matter, one which, mysteriously, he still understood why it happened yet still didn't see was something he could have foreseen. Never took responsibility for the matter: it was a "computer problem".
The spanking-new libretto sported poetic brilliance, weaving elemental island imagery into
characters' emotional resonances Joyce DiDonato's Sycorax bubbled with rich, nuanced characterization, outrageously riveting; Danielle de Niese's Ariel was ever delightful, the soul of the story. The comic mismatches were cleverly constructed, and the singing robust and colorful, broadly expressive, yet intensely personal.
After the intermission some of this brilliance was gone (excepting the carnal dance troupe,) but with so many characters introduced by then there was only time to wrap things up!
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