There’s a lovely piece by Rebecca Schneidereit in The Dal News about HSOW and The Magic Flute — read it here:
Hear what opera singers sing for fun. Join the party! Some of the singers in town for the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop are going to sing cabaret at Menz Bar on Wednesday August 10, accompanied by Lynette Wahlstrom and hosted by Bunni Lapin. A casual mix of musical theatre, opera, arty cabaret songs and trash.
Free will offering, no cover.
Menz Bar, 2182 Gottingen in Halifax
I just wanted to share the comments of some friends of friends of ours from Frankfurt in German, who saw The Magic Fluteon Sunday and loved it.
The “look” of the show was modern European, they said , accurately capturing “the grey banality of evil” (their quote).
What is most interesting is that they said it was the first North American production they had ever seen that actually reflected what the opera says (misogyny and authoritarianism)– “somebody who can actually understand German took the trouble to read the libretto” is what they said. They told me about one Dutch production where Sarastro’s court was presented as Mussolini’s palace (complete with fasces) and said that was “genau”
The thing that really excited them– and they had never seen before– was the replacement of Sarastro. They thought that was brilliant (they also thought Tamino would turn into another Sarastro– that he had bought in to the whole authoritarian structure). They are also planning to catch the Port cast production next week.
McCarthy all but stopped the show, Rusque’s voice shone in finale
By STEPHEN PEDERSEN | Opera Review
Sun, Aug 7 – 4:54 AM
The Halifax Summer Opera Workshop production of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann may be an amateur production but it has what many professional productions lack. It has heart, passion, imagination and, most important, energy and belief.
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