Friday, May 25, 2012

The Best of All Possible Operas

This was originally posted on a separate "30 Before 30" blog, but I'm now deleting that and combining all past and future blog posts with this one. I'm copying over past posts with the original post date.


One more off the list! I attended Candide at the Portland Opera last week with my lovely friend Jessica.

I kind of feel like I cheated, though. Based on Voltaire's novella, the opera Candide opened in 1956, and is performed in English. 

Not that an opera has to be in Italian and written in the 1700s; an opera is defined by as
an extended dramatic composition, in which all parts are sung to instrumental accompaniment, that usually includes arias, choruses, and recitatives, and that sometimes includes ballet. 
Regardless of its classification, it's incredibly entertaining! I read the book several years ago, and the only thing I remembered was something about a buttock being eaten. Which isn't even really part of the plot, but part of a story one of the characters tells.

To follow up on the experience, I plan to:
  1. Re-read the book.
  2. Go to a Fathom event of a live opera in another language.

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