|photo: c/o Bombshell Beauty|
You guys. Le Miserable and Phantom of the Opera are Musicals, not Operas. This I now know for certain since attending Minnesota Opera's Blogger Preview night - Bernard Hermann's Wuthering Heights. It was tragedy and drama like I'd never experienced in theater before. Perfectly romantically drearily dark and wonderful. Do you know the story? I had not read the book or seen any PBS specials of the classic novel, so it was all new to me.
The Opera was much better than I expected. Not only is the whole thing in English (thank goodness), but there are also subtitles provided (because some of those notes don't come in every consonent). Speaking of notes, the singing...holy macaroli. Catherine Earnshaw's character played by Sara Jakubiak possesses the most outstanding vocals I have ever heard.
The set was also impressive, with some amazing video technology and 3-D effects. It felt like we were really there. During intermission, we were able to take a peek back stage. I've been to numerous shows at Ordway, so it was a real treat to see it behind the scenes.
I attended the event with my good friend Lori. We met up with Daniel from MNOpera and the rest of the bloggy crew at Sakura in St. Paul and pigged out on tasty appetizers. It was so fun meeting other local bloggers including Sara of Bombshell Beauty, Emily of Wandering About, Molly of The Way I Am, Emily of TC Jewfolk, and Kate of Girl Meets Geek, along with others from the press and MNOpera. Michael Christie, the conductor for the show (who I believe to be Ron Livingston's twin) took the time to greet us all, briefly explain the history behind Wuthering Heights Opera, and answer some questions.
|Photo: c/o Girly Muse|
These are the days when I love living in the Twin Cities (regardless that it snowed on Friday!). The people here are so diverse, yet most all of us agree on one thing - growing and supporting the arts. There is no entertainment that compares to live theater/music and I'm so grateful to have had this experience with the Minnesota Opera. I highly encourage you to check it out (twitter, facebook, YouTube). Wuthering Heights runs through April 23 and tickets are available here. Oh! And if you're between the ages of 21-39, check out Tempo - culture CAN be affordable!