|The Queen of the Night from a production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' by the Salzburg Marionette Theatre|
Tonight I'm heading out to see The Magic Flute with the Ash Lawn Summer Opera of Charlottesville, VA. They used to perform on a stage between two huge trees at the mountaintop home of James Monroe. It was charming in many respects, but among the challenges faced by the singers were the crepuscular calls of the crickets, the urgent lowing of the cows in an adjacent meadow, and the often sweltering heat. They've thrown in the towel on that venue, and relocated to the cool and splendidly renovated Paramount Theater in the downtown mall (which used to be Main Street). I recommend a road trip if you're into this sort of thing!
|Caricatures satirizing Mahler's conducting style when he was director of the Vienna State Opera|
As with any music offerings, if you have questions or are on the fence, just ask about the item and I'll do my best to help out.
Below: Ash Lawn Opera outdoors vs. indoors: each has its virtues.