The Birds: Los Angeles Opera in Braunfels' Whimsical Opera
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The last date listed for The Birds was Thursday April 23, 2009 / 7:30pm.
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Featured review from Jan Ventura
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This opera is entertaining for the whole family. Not only will the opera enthusiasts appreciate its lush Strauss-like music, first time opera goers of all ages will also enjoy the spectacle of bright colors and its whimsical story. On opening night the audience had a lot of fun and was brought to their feet for a standing ovation!!
The cast is very strong! The Nightingale is the Italian coloratura soprano, Désirée Rancatore. She has a unique dark voice (even on a high E)! Young tenor Brandon Jovanovich, as Good Hope, has an impressive tenor voice who has the potential to move more into the spinto roles. However, the star of the night was the baritone Brian Mulligan who played Prometheus! His first appearance on stage was towards the end of the show, he sang his dramatic aria, and stole the show!
“The Birds” is an adaptation of an ancient Greek play by Aristophanes. Unfortunately the opera was lost in the Holocaust, but is now making its triumphant West Coast premier!
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The community college-level production was not worthy of a main stage like the Chandler. The opera itself is not so much forgotten as minor. There is some lovely music and rich orchestration, however, and some of the voices were a joy to listen...continued
James Conlon continues his exploration of long-forgotten masterpieces by the lost generation of composers affected by the Holocaust. Featured in this year’s Recovered Voices series will be a lush, late Romantic work reminiscent of Strauss and Wagner. Walter Braunfels freely adapted the ancient Greek comic-dramatist Aristophanes’s play The Birds to compose what he described as an “airy play of imagination…everything here is a game, a metaphor.” Soprano Désirée Rancatore, makes her Company debut in the high-flying role of the Nightingale. Winner of the 2007 Richard Tucker Award, Brandon Jovanovich makes a first LA Opera appearance in the role of Good Hope. Also starring Stacey Tappan, James Johnson, Martin Gantner and Brian Mulligan.