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Covering the bases

In today's Washington Post: WNO's "Opera in the Outfield" is a family-friendly event, by Anne Midgette.

Edited to add: This morning sees the launch of Arts Post, the Washington Post's new arts blog featuring the voices of all of the paper's cultural critics. While The Classical Beat is not going away, I will also be blogging over there from time to time, just to keep things lively: my first post features some of the results of the Washington National Opera's contest to write new lyrics to "Take me out to the ball game." Opera-lovers are a creative bunch. Check it out.

By Anne Midgette  | September 20, 2010; 5:05 AM ET
Categories:  Washington, opera  
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Meanwhile, I have attended Tuesday's representation, which was better than what I was expected based on the reviews. Yes, the sets and costumes left a lot to be desired, although I was somewhat intrigued by the idea of having a masked ball in grey colors, as if death was knocking next door - as indeed it was. But overall, I did miss Liliana Cavani's staging that was seen here in 2001 or 2002, don't remember excatly.

The highlight for me was the second act duet between the King and Amelia. Indeed, I felt that this music played on Tamara Wilson's strengths, a singer that I especially enjoyed in the delicate and intimate sections of the opera. And for once Licitra showed that he could actually sing. Well, as others mentioned, he was very good in the death scene as well, plus I have a weakness for Italian tenors.

Salsi and Callegari got better as the show went on, perhaps, in Salsi's case, that the music better suited him in the later parts of the opera. Callegari went in a rough start - I kept thinking that this orchestra desperately needs a leade (I still think so, and to make things worse Concertmaster Oleg Rylatko is on leave), yet by the 3rd act he seemed to have a tighter grip. All in all a pleasant evening.

Posted by: cicciofrancolando | September 20, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

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