Anyways I went to the Metropolitan Opera with my dear friend and also my dear friend’s friend and my dear friend’s friend’s friend(if ya know what I mean). Okay now my brain is about to explode.
So I was lucky enough to go inside a car which meant = not wet. I was so so thankful. Thank you car, for not making my socks wet, and thank you human being who drove the car(even though she kept laughing with both hands off the steering wheel..).
I’ve mentioned before that I like Opera with the Verissimo style. Which means that I like the Kaboom and a Bang! type of music. And the composer of Cyrano de Bergerac, Franco Alfano composed this dramatic music.
While doing some research I noticed that when this opera premiered at that time, Guido M. Gatti criticised the composer as fearing “to seem too melodramatic”, and the opera for being “overdecorated and labored” and containing “difficult and tortuous vocal writing”. However, the same analysis also mentioned that “the opera has moments of definite effectiveness and exquisite poetry”.
I have to agree with the second part of the analysis that the opera has its moments of exquisite poetry. However, it’s also written and sung in French so I thought the melodramatic worked very well because of the story and the language. Personally, this opera had its dramatic moments. But maybe it could be because I like that dramatic types of music in opera, so I would also have to disagree on the fact that it’s overdecorated. To be honest, I loved it when the acts ended with such dramatic endings. There were moments where I was so satisfied from the dramatic music and there were times that the Soprano made me cry in the 4th Act. It was a satisfying to watch an opera that satisfied my musical needs. My type my type !!
It’s sad that a lot of people are missing out on experiencing such culture at the Metropolitan Opera. There are student tickets for only 37.50$ for people who don’t have a lot of money like me. There was an article about the decline of the audience at the Metropolitan Opera house and I really wish that students around my age could go and experience it at least once. 37.50$ for a 3~4 hours of exquisite culture that you can experience, okay? GO NOW. Or ask me if you want 🙂