The season started with Eugine Onegin and since my review, and the first-ever Blogger Night when we experienced Carmen, the momentum in the opera realm has been growing.
The Vancouver Opera has embraced several forms of new media, from producing a manga site to managing their own blog, and it will be great to once again take part in their Blogger Night at Rigoletto this Saturday alongside Tris, Tanya, Kimli, and Monique.
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi is based on Victor Hugo‘s play, Le roi s’amuse and will be sung in Italian with surtitles above the stage. I’ve been told there will be suggestive scenes, nudity, and a cage scene… whoever said the opera is boring?
Opening night at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre is Saturday March 7th 2009 (@7:30pm), with subsequent performances Tuesday March 10th, Thursday March 12th, Saturday March 14th and Tuesday March 17th. Tickets can only be purchased through the Vancouver Opera and they start at about $23 (and there’s great value in group tickets and subscriptions).
There is a piece about Blogger Night in the Georgia Straight and one of the performers, the lovely Sheila Christie, has a blog post up about her experience working on the opera.
Update: March 6, 2009: I was interviewed for an article in the Vancouver Courier (even though was quoted using the word “dude” it’s a great promo for the event and the Opera).