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    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking

     

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Met Opera on the Summerstage

On Wednesday, June 24th, while Christine was out to dinner with her tennis friends, I took myself off to to hear a free recital in the Park, courtesy three Metropolitan Opera  singers. Between them, they sang 17 arias from popular operas in the Met repertoire plus, for good popular measure, “Tonight”, from Bernstein’s “West Side Story”. The voices were: Angel Blue, soprano, Ben Bliss, tenor and Alexey Lavrov, Baritone. A great evening was had by all!

The Stage is set

The Stage is set

 

Dusk falls behind us . . .

Dusk falls behind us . . .

 

The audience awaits . . . .

The audience awaits . . . .

 

Angel Blue performs . . .

Angel Blue performs . . .

 

Alexey Lavrov makes a point . . . .

Alexey Lavrov makes a point . . . .

 

Angel Blue encore . . .

Angel Blue encore . . .

 

Alexey Lavrov and Ben Bliss sing the "Pearl Fishers" duet . . .

Alexey Lavrov and Ben Bliss sing the “Pearl Fishers” duet . . .

 

Angel Blue and Ben Bliss sing the "West Side Story" duet: "Tonight" . . .

Angel Blue and Ben Bliss sing the “West Side Story” duet: “Tonight” . .  .

 

A first-time experience for me; the audience included this little service dog. His name is ‘Ace’ and he is trained not to bark except when his mistress is in danger! Loretta, his mistress, suffers from chronic, life-threatening allergies and ‘Ace’ tastes all her food and drink and sniffs the air around her. Remarkably, he will only bark if he detects one of the dangerous substances!

Ace and Loretta enjoying the concert . . . .

Ace and Loretta enjoying the concert . . . .

 

Close-up of opera-going "Ace". He is of the "Papillion" breed.

Close-up of opera-going “Ace”. He is of the “Papillion” breed.

 

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One Response

  1. Most enjoyable reading…great dog! Thanks for sharing. Nereida

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