November 27th, 2005

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Morning meal and opera recap

Had breakfast with bulknews at Java House which is just by the water next to Ballpark off Embacadero. It was sunny and lovely and we discussed lots of geeky things. I am really hoping that YAPC::Asia happens in Tokyo next year and that I can go.

Yesterday at the Opera was fabulous, it was pure joy to listen to, and watch, conductor Nicola Luisotti. The prelude was one of the most beautiful performances I have ever heard, and it really looked and sounded like magic.

Since this is the first time I have seen Forces of Destiny I cannot really compare or judge it fairly, but it does seem to me that Vladimir Kuzmenko as Don Alvaro was just a little bit, too loud. I also sometimes have a hard time with chorus scenes, but they were executed very well and I really liked the war scene, some pretty good staging there.

Now I am off to see Fidelio.
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Dull opera

I don't know if it was the conductor, or the staging and directing, or the average performance of the singers, but thee entire Fidelio was a 2 hour and 45 minutes of boredom.

Sure, there were some interesting and delightful parts, Greta Feeney as Marzelline did a good job, Christine Brewer as Leonore/Fidelio was passionate and the chorus was really well done, but overall the performance was flat, especially compared to the magic of yesterday.

The cheer me up I had dinner with with crw, bulknews and floatingatoll
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