Monthly Archives: October 2018

Tragic Opera Night: La Boheme

Written by Syed Ali

On the last week of October, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts presented the famed opera: La Bohèmecomposed by Giacomo Puccini. The opera and scene moved the audience to tears with its storytelling and music.

The stage held the orchestra underneath and the cast above, with stage props and lighting complementing the drama invoked by the music. The playful use of props made the opera feel more lifelike, especially in the beginning where Rodolfo and his friends (some of the main characters) casually swapped their red blanket and chairs. The characters relationships were portrayed from their singing and physical interactions; their expressions, movement, and voice inflection showed how they felt.

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A Night at the Opera

Last Thursday I had the wonderful chance of attending La Boheme Opera. I have always wanted to go to an opera since I was a little girl. It was everything I hoped it would be. and more. It told a story (that I could understand), the singing was well near perfect, and it kept me entertained. If I have the chance to recommend anyone to an opera for a reasonable price, it would be La Boheme.

The opera started off with a scene of a friendly gathering then escalated to only two in a room. It seemed as though the two characters were being reunited rather than meting for the first time. The passion behind their conversation made it seem like they were saving their relationship for later on in life. Mimi’s singing and body language showed the humility and vulnerability of the character. The orchestra tied emotions and lighting together. It made me feel the opera even more. I also loved the costumes, Continue reading

Whirlpool of Confusion

Who knew great singing doesn’t always conclude to a great show?

By: Deja Cook- Reynolds

The opera was indeed interesting; all characters had different pitches, volumes and messages behind their voice. I only wish that I could really enjoy it. The visual aid of the English sub-titles was a HUGE distraction to me. Continue reading

The truth about Chicago

A city filled with endless opportunities but the question we should be asking is who has access to those opportunities?

This portrait is called Felt-tip pen on paper By Ray Yoshida

As you read the description, he showed us pieces that are disconnected from original context and separate based on similarities.

By Xuan Huynh

Chicago is my home. My parents brought me to the city at the age of two and I never left, until now. Being raised in Chicago, the artwork awakened and touched my soul. Chicago’s morals radicated through the photos and then, I thought about how those morals influence my thoughts as a child. Like any human in a new environment, I observed and intuitively created bias and assumptions based on what I saw but that philosophy limited my mindset and tolerant. I was scared to expose myself to people different from me because of prejudices I formed but that stopped as soon as I opened my eyes to the injustices the city sponsor.

When I saw Yoshida portrait, I thought about the foundation of the city, and how the photo illustrates the segregation the city emblem. Chicago is labeled one of the most beautiful cities in the country but does that include the west and south side?  Downtown and the north have the most extraordinary scenery with the best schools, limitless opportunities but we cannot say the same for the south and west side. They contain broken down homes, empty lots and very limited resources. The reason for this is the city invests fund into the wealthier neighborhoods and strip assets from under-developed communities and because of that, the people in the wealthier neighborhoods are able to reach their goals and people that are underprivileged can not.  This action is grouping people into categories based on social class and race. If you can’t afford to live in a certain area or neighborhood, your chances of advancing are not substantial and that’s not fair.  We cannot expect people from the underprivileged area to achieve their goals if they don’t have access to the resources that can make it possible.

Instead of coming together in solidarity to create a better, more just society for everyone,  we continue to sponsor the discrimination by individually gravitating towards people and communities that are similar to us. As humans, we all have similar desires and goals and we can not let our uncontrollable differences command us. We need to unite so we can create a more unique, beautiful picture.


Take me out to the Opera!

A night full of tunes that will awaken your mind with ease.

By Xuan Huynh

On Thursday night at the Krannert Center, I went to the opera for the first time and thought it was pleasing. My experience would have been better if the subtitles were lower. I noticed myself missing some details from the performance because I constantly had to look up. For future references, I know to sit further away from the stage.

I want to begin by acknowledging how amaze I was at the actors delightful vocals. Even though I wasn’t able to comprehend the lyrics, I was obsessed with their voices and sound. Their pitches were very high and dramatic but still very soothing. My best friend loves to sing, and she always talks about how difficult it is to stay on a high pitch for a long time, but the actors were able to do it with ease, so it really impressed me.

Furthermore, the visual and sound elements helped me construct the characters, their association and their universe. The setting, prop and costume helped established the time era they were in. They wore medieval style clothes, used fire as the source of light, and the dialogue was old-fashioned. In addition, the lighting and orchestra complimented the actors’ emotions, actions and development. For example, whenever something dramatic would happen, the volume would increase. Sometimes during the opera, I wouldn’t look up and just imagine what they could be saying to each other and the dramatics of the orchestra helped tremendously. 

La Bohème: A Unique View into Young Love

Written By: Nora Guerrero
When one images an opera, one may think of a very large venue with cascading seats above and attendees in their long dresses and fancy suits. However, this was not the case for what I experienced at my first opera. La Bohème, directed by Nathan Gunn and joined by conductor Donald Schleicher, made for a sweet combination of talent reflected in the music and the actors. If you have not been to an opera before, this may be the best to watch to dip your feet in the waters.

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A Night at the Opera

A beautiful stage setting filled with passion and beautiful voices.

Written By: Emily Reeter

This last Thursday I had the opportunity to attend my first opera performance. The crowds were rolling in as the clock approached seven thirty.  Before we knew it, the lights were dimming and the spotlights were shining.

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A Night at the Opera — La Bohème

A musical night of love and tragedy at the Tryon Festival Theater

Written by Bill Xun

Taken by Bill Xun

This week the class went to see La Bohème, an Italian opera written by Giacomo Puccini, at the Tryon Festival Theater at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. It was the first time I’ve seen an opera and it was definitely a lot different than the other performances I’ve seen.

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La Bohème —-Beauty of Love

Written By Tim Gao

Photo By Tim Gao

Thursday night at Krannert Art center, it was crowded. People are waiting for admission to the opera, La Bohème. La Bohème features young love, fragileness of life, and friendship. The usage of color and background music are all creative and attractive.

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