Sunday, June 14, 2009

Opera East Texas, La Boheme, June 2009

Opera East Texas

Photos by yours truly

Opera East Texas formerly called Longview Opera has been around since 1992 when the first production "The Old Maid and the Thief" was presented with piano and a few orchestral musicians. It has come a long way since then in both its venue and in the performances it presents. From the small Longview Community Center to T.G. Field Auditorium, to the Belcher Center at LeTourneau University with lots of room on and off stage and a pit for a real orchestra. The singers have been of extraordinary talent.

Orchestra rehearsals for Puccini's La Boheme began over a week ago with music director Jerry Steichen, 2 in Shreveport and 2 in the Belcher Center at LeTourneau University in Longview. I have played this opera several times in the past and the music never ceases to give me chill bumps. Makes it hard to concentrate on playing sometimes. Like many similar opera plots boy meets girl in the main story line while other intricate plots weave in and out of the fabric. And, again, as in similar opera plots, the heroine dies in the final act. Still, the music is what it's all about for most of us, what the audience comes to hear and what we love to play.

Photos of the rehearsals and performance are herein.
Summer 2010 we will be performing Mozart's "Elixir". "Amahl and the Night Visitors" a special holiday presentation is scheduled for December 2009.

enjoy the photos,