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. 

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