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Opera in the plaza - the funcrunch files


Oct. 7th, 2006 12:19 am Opera in the plaza

Friday night I saw the San Francisco Opera's second free simulcast in Civic Center Plaza: Rigoletto. Thom and Jeff came as well.

The music was excellent, with some melodies familiar enough that I could hum along. The leads playing Rigoletto and his daughter Gilda were world-class talents, and the remaining cast superb as well. The costumes and makeup were lovely even in the extreme close-ups, and the sets and lighting were gorgeous.

The screen was twice as big as last time, and the video and audio quality nearly flawless. boyziggy also got to assist with the pre-show "behind the scenes" cam, which was fun, though slightly painful to watch at times (due to the host's awkwardness). The weather was also slightly warmer than for Madama Butterfly in May, or maybe it was just the thermos full of amaretto-spiked hot cocoa I toted along. An all-around good event.

Sunday afternoon I'm going to the free bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park, mostly to see Elvis Costello and Richard Thompson. My Saturday voice lesson is cancelled on account of Fleet Week (planes flying over Fort Mason make it rather impossible to hear the music), so I'm glad to get some other musical opportunities. (Of course, I still have plenty more to practice for Monday night's classic rock workshop...)

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From:opus119
Date:October 7th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
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That festival sounds great. I'm a great admirer of Elvis Costello's punk-tinged stuff from the 70s; I haven't seen him since his "This Year's Model" tour. I am also a recent convert to Richard Thompson. And I see they're playing back-to-back on Sunday afternoon. Lucky you!
From:funcrunch
Date:October 7th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
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You should come on by if you're free - I'm sure it will be insanely crowded, but I probably won't get there much before 2 even if that means getting a lousy spot in the crowd.

P.S. I should have alerted you that the opera simulcast was also taking place at Stanford last night - sorry!
From:opus119
Date:October 8th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
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Can't make it up there, alas. Have a great time!

I probably wouldn't have gone to the opera thing. I have been trying
to recover from sleep deprivation this week.