Going to a live Opera on stage is a major event in the Quimper Hitty cupboard, at least as far as Constance is concerned. Last night we attended a performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, a horribly tragic opera by Donizetti, based on a very lamentful poem by Sir Walter Scott.
The opera’s most famous moment is the “Mad Scene” in act 2, and our Lucia (Tracy Dahl) wrung her bloody hands and rent her hair most convincingly, while singing with lovely coloratura finesse. In some versions of the opera she sings the entire aria in her blood-drenched nightgown, but in this slightly squeamish production, she had a more tasteful spatter of drops. I did suggest Constance pose for an operatic scene in her linen nightgown, but she was not enthusiastic about it.
It seems unkind to complain about anything, since we appreciate the effort that goes into any operatic or theatrical performance, but the costumes were horrible. Having set the opera in the early 1940’s, all the women looked dull and frumpy, and the only outfits worth admiring were the kilts that kept popping up here and there, and the beautiful dark red 18th Century gown worn by a mysterious ghost in the first act.
We did enjoy our night out though, and look forward to POV’s Madame Butterfly, when we hope to see a kimono or two.
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