Venue Details

Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94301
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 6 members
Review from Harry
Red Velvet 11 events 3 reviews

I enjoyed Dido and Aeneas. Great singing and staging. Dido's lament was especially moving. I was less impressed with La vida breve. The singers were fine, but the opera had little character development and the simple plot was not very interesting....continued

reviewed May 20 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Veronica Breuer
34 events 16 reviews

After seeing the operas I can understand why they are not performed very much. The production was well done and singing fine but as opera goes both are not real high up on the list of worth seeing. I'm not unhappy that I went because I wanted to...continued

reviewed May 22 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
1 event 1 review

Fantastic opera company, talented singers, loved it! Zachary Gordin and Cathleen Candia are clearly budding stars - definitely great young singers to watch.

reviewed May 20 2011 report as inappropriate
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Two very different stories of love forsaken are featured as a pair in this production. In Henry Purcell’s English baroque masterpiece, Dido and Aeneas, Trojan hero Aeneas courts Dido, the Queen of Carthage. Then, tricked by evil witches, he abandons Dido and she dies of grief.

In Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve, Salud, a gypsy girl in Granada, is courted by Paco, a handsome young man from a rich family. Eventually, she discovers that he is getting married to a woman of his own social class. She confronts him at the wedding, he pretends not to know her and she literally dies at his feet. The powerful score includes memorable choral and flamenco dance sections.

Sung in English and Spanish, respectively, with English titles

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