It has only been a week since Fidelio opened and closed. The comments I received from you, our patrons, were that of extreme satisfaction. Personally I was very proud of this production with its innovative setting, thrilling cast, outstanding chorus, and the amazing Louisville Orchestra. We told the story!
At Kentucky Opera, and most regional opera companies, the time period from when we begin rehearsals for a production to the final Sunday matinee is about 3 ½ weeks. Our artists travel from all over the country, already with firm grasp of their character and music, and we immediately jump into rehearsing six hours a day, six days a week. In that time our singer/actors must settle into a character both dramatically and musically. Their time outside of rehearsal is usually spent in refining what we have achieved in rehearsals. This demanding work pays off with an experience that is both musically rewarding for the ears and theatrically engaging for the eyes.
Fidelio was the first of many gems that await you as we introduce you to operas rarely performed as well as operas that focus on the American experience. Next up is Puccini’s “spaghetti-Western” La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West). This opera has had a bit of a resurgence having recently been performed at The Minnesota Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and Eugene Opera to much acclaim. The familiar music of the great Puccini will fill the Brown Theater and you will meet characters named Minnie, Jack, Dick and Ashby. So put on your cowboy hat and spurs and sip a nice Chianti for this one!
Sept 26, 2014