Updated: July 3, 2012
|A Night at the 2012 Santa Fe Opera|
Here is a slightly edited account by wife Birgitta [a former professional opera singer] to one of her best friends:
Last Saturday night Z [that's me!] and I went to the Santa Fe Opera with [friends] and saw a magnificent performance of The Pearl Fishers by Bizet in the famous and very modern Santa Fe Opera House situated in the hills a little north of the city. People come from all over the US and from abroad to see the high quality performances here. The audience sits under a roof, and you have a glorious view of the valley and mountains and the sky because there are no walls on the sides or behind the stage. Without amplification the acoustics are fantastic. I have heard wonderful recorded performances of this opera many times but experiencing a live performance was so different. Saturday's performance was magnificent. The voices were so glorious, the choir and orchestra were superb. Where we sat, far back and high up, it was so hot. The women mostly wore bare-shouldered and sleeveless and the men wore short-sleeved shirts, but a delightful breeze was blowing all the time making it very pleasant. As far as the story goes, it is a passionate and unreal love story, and about loyal friendship between two men who love the same girl, betrayal, all very exaggerated. It all comes out well with the girl and her lover uniting, forgiveness and reconciliation in the end.