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Blogger Night at the Madison Opera: Take Two

November 7, 2009

First impression: Woah! The first act was absolutely breaktaking. As I only have a few minutes, here are my thoughts…

1. It’s so fun to see all the components from my backstage tour actually on stage! The wigs were one of my favorite parts to see in action—they truly look like they’re made for the women (good work, Jan!).

2. The children might just be my favorite part. As they were up there, singing and going through their motions, all I could think is, What are their stories? Where do these kids come from? They were fantastic—especially the youngest, a charming little boy who hammed up his stage time. Loved him.

3. The singing—oh the singing! I’ve heard of operas like “Carmen” sung in English before, but I just have to say that I’m thankful that we’re seeing it in French tonight. I thought the screen with the words might be a little difficult to manage (look up, look at the actors, look up again, and so on) but truly, it’s not. I actually find it enjoyable because I’m able to simply take in their voices for what they are—no need to worry about what they’re saying!

And there go the bells…act two, here I come!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 7, 2009 5:45 am

    Glad you loved the kids! They are all singers from the Madison Youth Choirs; the youngest (Simon, 5) is the son of one of our conductors. I’ll pass on the kind words 🙂

    Mike Ross
    Artistic Director, Madison Youth Choirs

  2. Margaret permalink
    November 9, 2009 2:59 am

    Yes, thanks for the mention of the kids! I am one of the three MYC directors that work with these kids. Most of them were on stage for the first time this weekend and they are hooked on opera now. It was a fantastic experience for them to learn this repertoire and get to actually perform it in the full context of the opera.

    If you ever want to hear their perspective or stories about the Carmen experience, they’d all be more than happy to talk to you.

    Margaret Jenks, MYC conductor (and mom of the “little guy”)

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