The good news is I’m now a life-long fan of the Opera. The bad news is my first trip to see one was basically a private performance, so what could possible top that?
Last night, my husband and I had the opportunity to attend the dress rehearsal of Verdi’s MacBeth performed by OPERA San Antonio at the Tobin Center. If you are going to be anywhere near San Antonio, TX this weekend. I highly recommend attending their performance on either Sept. 8th at 7:30pm or Sept. 10th at 2pm. It is a wonderful experience that you will not regret!
While I do not have any ‘formal’ photos from the run-through to share with you, what I can share is how it made us feel. The very few times they had to reset and try the take again, I couldn’t have told you what had been wrong with the original scene, but that level of expertise is amazing. We both agreed after the show that watching the performers snap in and out of character like that was mesmerizing, and actually impressed us even more.
For me, personally, Lady MacBeth and MacDuff’s voices were my favorite. Their range is just incredible. But truly everyone’s performance was stunning. When there were 30 plus cast members performing together, I’d get chills.
At one point, we were so enthralled that when a gunshot rang out we both jumped in our seats.
Not to be forgotten or overlooked, the Orchestra was enchanting. I could’ve sat up in those glorious box seats and listened to the music play all night long. Truly, their harmonies could stand alone and I’d still have been moved by the performance. The way the music ebbed and flowed gave clues as to which emotions the audience should be experiencing. Had there not been English subtitles above [thank you for those!], I still could’ve followed the plot with the combo of the Orchestra music and the singers’ gestures and expressions.
Even though we had two little ones to get home to, we were enjoying ourselves so much that we stayed out much later than we typically would. A very successful date night, if I do say so myself.
If you have time, go to see OPERA San Antonio! I’m already looking forward to seeing La Boheme next year in May.
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And in case you were starting to think we’re cultured or something, here’s behind the scenes pics of us. Hahahaha