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Opera: Regicide in Technicolour

Posted by MP / September 27, 2007

20070927_balmasq.jpgI often go to the opera. My friends give me funny looks, but if I take them they always seem to have a good time. Whether this is an endorsement of my company or the production, I’m not sure.

One of the two was on last night at Opéra de Montréal’s luscious production of Giuseppe Verdi’s A Masked Ball.

Premiered in 1859 and based on the assassination of Sweden’s King Gustavus III at a masked ball in 1792 (why make stuff up when history provides?), the opera is a three-part tragedy that tells of the King’s murder by his best friend.

Nearly three hours with two intermissions there is just enough time for, in no particular order: illicit love, graveyard ambushes, Satan, jealous betrayal, and a refrain that goes “ha ha ha ha.” Typical opera stuff.

The ladies shone. Pascale Beaudin sang with marvellous lightness, perfect for her comic role as the loyal servant Oscar, while both Marianne Cornetti (the sorceress Utica) and Manon Feubel (Amelia) bled pathos. Hearing Feubel plead to see her son before she dies was exquisite, if such a thing is possible. Careful. Opera might turn you into a sadist like me.

Most people think opera means expensive. Not in Montreal: if you’re 18-30 you can get an à la carte subscription (minimum two operas) for $35/ticket (or all four for just $15 each--don't tell the people you're sitting next to!) These aren't nosebleeds, either.

Image courtesy of Opéra de Montréal

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Alvaro / February 4, 2015 at 05:19 am
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Tara, I admired your work for quite soitemme, so much that you were the reason I chose Seattle for our vacation a few years ago .just so we could connect and get a photo shoot of us! My husband and I had a great time, and I will treasure those photos and the book forever! Keep up the good work .I'd love that workshop book too!
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