We were all sleepy, and Kelly had a headache, so lighter fare certainly fit the bill today. The Mikado, like most operas by Gilbert and Sullivan, seem to be more appropriately called musicals. To my untrained ears, The Mikado has more in common with a 20th century Broadway musical than a Verdi opera. The Mikado debuted in 1885, and, although it was set in 19th century Japan, G and S used the Japanese setting to thinly disguise their lampooning of British culture and politics. Some of that remains, but the Fort Worth opera did some updating of its own, with costuming and props from modern Japan (or at least a caricature thereof) and with some creative license on some lyrical content.
|I'm not sure what Gilbert and Sullivan would think of this get-up for Nanki-Poo!|
|Is this the first opera in history to choreograph Segways?|
All in all, this was a delightful performance. The Fort Worth Opera did a fabulous job. Gilbert and Sullivan can never be accused of letting the story get in the way of the humor and songs. Several songs into the show, Elliot said, "What's going on?" and I was hard pressed to explain. The one negative was that during the speaking parts, even though the performers used microphones, the dialogue was difficult to hear. Kelly and I both said it was like being at a school play where the speakers spoke too fast and did not articulate. But that did not deter Elliot. After 2 operas in 2 days, he wants to know when the next opera festival is and wants me to be sure and get him tickets!