Of course, I mean La Bohème,
first done by the increasingly
sophisticated Rimrock Opera Company in 2005 and repeated last weekend.
According to Wikipedia
it is the second most often performed opera in the USA. Once every five
years is probably about right as it takes that long to recover from
Mimi's premature death. That is a quick unofficial photo of the poster
to the left.
This was a well-done performance, especially the
singing of Billings' soprano Amy Logan as Mimi. She hits the high notes
with clarity but my favorite is the fullness of her middle and lower
register. What a big voice.
In addition to Logan's singing, she also brought along some well-behaved
and talented kids from R.O.C.K. (Rimrock Opera Chorus for Kids) and some
Skyview High School instrumental musicians to add to the merriment and
confusion of the outdoor scene in Act II.
The baritones and
tenors and the other soprano all did well of course. No wonder this is a
favorite. Just good singing and joking around at the beginning and then
the sad ending. Everybody likes Disease mixed with Desire and the
occasional Death of one of the favorites.
One of the differences
in this performance was three supernumerary roles played by Jane Van Dyk,
Finn Carlson and the astoundingly generous Henrietta Johnstone. The last
has provided us with great costumes and sets for some years now. She
deserved the part of grande dame.
Doug Nagel as General Director
should be congratulated every time we see him.
To the right is a
portion of our refrigerator. The magnets of the official posters are
crowding out much of the rest of our fridge art. The Merry Widow
is coming up again this fall and then Tosca
in spring 2011. These
will be splendid again I'm sure. Get your tickets early.