Happy Halloween: Opera Style!
I'm a lover of all things spooky and lugubrious, particularly my operas! Some favorite scary operas I've seen - and a couple I've only dreamed of seeing:
Glass: "The Fall of the House of Usher"
Argento: "Miss Havisham's Fire" & "The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe"
Bartok: "Bluebeard's Castle"
Adams: "Doctor Atomic"
Massenet: "La Navarraise"
Tchaikovsky: "The Queen of Spades"
Sondheim: "Sweeney Todd" (pushing the envelope operatically perhaps.)
"This isn't one of your crummy movies, it’s Verdi’s Macbeth. Birds on stage? Back projections? Laser beams . . . What is this an opera house or an amusement park? I have to SING! How can I do that on a stage with a raven who hates me? It never takes its beady eyes off of me . . . it shrieks, whistles, flaps its wings . . . that raven is DELIBERATELY destroying my performance! Birds belong with other birds and NOT in the opera house singing Macbeth!"
Happy Halloween, everyone!