Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Opera deserves more appreciation

On Sunday night, I was fortunate to attend the Sun Valley Opera's Midsummer Night's Serenade at the Sun Valley Pavilion. I can honestly say it was the most enjoyable music performance I have attended in my 26 years here! Sadly, the pavilion was not full, so the entire audience was invited to move into the closer seats.

I know that opera's audience can be smaller than the symphony, but the quality of the musicians, arrangements and total performance was second to none. While the first part of the show was more appealing to opera fans (but included the best known, most famous and familiar pieces), the second part rivaled the best contemporary music we have ever heard in this valley. We got to hear Van Morrison, Bryan Adams and Cold Play music, among others performed by incredible, trained opera singers. That may sound boring, but those songs will never sound the same to me again after hearing them performed Sunday.

So the next time you want a great musical experience, forget that opera is stuffy and boring and you can't understand the words, and go anyway. If the performance was half what we heard Sunday, I bet you will love it as much as the lucky audience on Sunday! What a treat.

Liz Conrod


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