October 21st, 2010


Cyrano at the Opera

I just got home from the final dress rehearsal of Cyrano de Bergerac at the San Francisco Opera. boyziggy was lucky to get one ticket to this rehearsal for me, as the entire run is completely sold out. Plácido Domingo starring in the title role just might have something to do with this.

While I didn't attend for the star power, the performance was a sumptuous visual feast, with the most beautiful sets and costumes I've seen in any production. The cast was talented, particularly the leads Ainhoa Arteta as Roxane and Thiago Arancam as Christian de Neuveville. Of course Plácido was superb as well, but he was clearly marking; I'm sure those seeing him during the production run will be blown away.

I didn't get a program but the plot was easy to follow, without being insultingly simplistic. I knew the general story outline already, having seen Roxanne with Daryl Hannah and Steve Martin. The Hollywood version had a much happier ending, naturally.

I hate to say it but the one thing that didn't impress me was the music itself. While the orchestra and singers were top-notch, the music they were performing was not all that memorable to me. I like distinct melodies that I can follow and remember. Perhaps my taste just isn't that sophisticated...