The scene where the girl Mimi went to the door of Rodolfo for candlelight, it felt highly relatable to me of how a romance blooms in a coincidence. I do not remember if that has ever happened to me, but it was a romantic scene that every girl dream for in real life. Also, now that I think back, I was low-key judging the poet Rodolfo for not being the prince charming in storybooks. He was not financially doing well, and he did not look fit enough. That was a funny thought I had when watching the scene.
When Mimi introduced herself, she said she was an innocent girl who made a living by embroidering flowers on dresses and she loved making roses. She stayed in a little white room every day and appreciated the beauty of flowers. Her name was Lucia, but people called her Mimi-and I realized that it was a classic introduction of a girl in fairytales, such as Cinderella! Cinderella was friends with birds and rats, never been treated well by her stepmom and stepsisters but nevertheless remained a nice girl with wonderful disposition. She was neither social nor wealthy, and she never desired much more of life. She was pitiable, but pretty. Does that gain affection from males and make them more chivalrous? That is interesting to think about. Also, it made me think a lot about the definition of feminity, or of an ideal female. Being quiet, somewhat naive and fragile like a rose sounds like how she depicted herself, and it was highly attractive to the poet(or is it a trait prevalent in females considered traditionally attractive?).
The most memorable and unique part to me about this performance is the english subtitles on top of the stage. Before La Boheme, I have never been to a performance of another language. Technically, I went to “The tear of St. Peters” earlier this semester which was in Italian, but we did not have subtitles for the performance.
P.S. My phone died when I arrived at Krannert, but I found a picture on a friend’s facebook page because he acted in the play!
On the last week of October, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts presented the famed opera: La Bohème, composed 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.
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.
A musical night of love and tragedy at the Tryon Festival Theater
Written 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.
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.
Last night, I had the pleasure of being at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts to witness my experience my first opera. If I were to be honest with myself, what I walked in expecting was a single singer that was center stage and for it to be a pretty dry time. However, the second that curtain rose any worries I had disappeared the moment the first act begun. Instead what I experienced was pure emotion, love, laughter, and togetherness. Continue reading “My First Opera Experience”