Just as I have come to expect, the FW Opera put on a fantastic performance. The lavish sets and world-class singers, accompanied by the terrific Fort Worth Symphony, came together for a performance that surely would match any put on anywhere in the world. The singers in the lead roles had a flawless performance, as did the supporting cast. If I had to come up with one criticism, it would be some of the slapstick staging; it is a comedy, but sometimes the silliness seemed a bit over the top.
|The count doesn't recognize his wife because she . . . changed coats?|
And I was surprised at the audience, refined opera lovers, guffawing at the most inane semi-comedic moments. Sure, it's mildly funny at times, but these people are laughing like it's the funniest thing they've ever seen. Maybe it is. The music is great, for the era in which it was composed, and some of the arias are very beautiful. But taken as a whole--musical theater that tells a story--I just don't get why this thing has endured for over 200 years and ranks as one of the most-performed operas.
I did enjoy it, even though it is pretty long and I was feeling sleepy, not having had time after church for my Sunday afternoon nap. Did I love it? Am I an opera lover? Maybe not.
Once again, I probably sound like an idiot trying to talk about opera. Here's the Star-Telegram review, from someone who actually knows what he's talking about!