November saw a total of 7 at the opera of Verdi’s “Oberto”. Enjoyable as it was with only 3 deaths at the ending, it was the music throughout that was pleasing to the ear VIVA VERDI!
Now for a Happy Christmas, our opera for December is by Johann Strauss (II), son of the famous Waltz King, Johann Strauss (I) “Die Fledermaus” (the bat, produced in Vienna with Karl Bohn conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker). This bubbling production will have you tapping your feet to waltz time – unless of course you are blessed with two left feet.
Now the Opera House does not close over the “holiday festive Season” as during this period is when they make their money, so the opera for January 2020 is by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, “Don Pasquale”. He is an elderly bachelor who decides to marry and breaks the news of his impending wedding to Ernesto, his nephew, cutting him out of any inheritance and telling him he must leave the house. What fun this opera is with one of the most famous buffo duets in Italian opera –John Del Carlo is Don Pasquale, Eanesto is sung by Matthew Polenzani and with Anna Netaebko as Norina. From the Metropolitan Opera New York, James Leine conductor.
Happy Christmas and a bright New Year! P.S. Don’t forget to mark your 2020 calendar.
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