Monday, September 29, 2008

Audience Reviews

Lots of feedback coming from the Otello Audience:


OTELLO was magnificent last night.
Truly a memory that will stay with us for a very long time. During the performance I found myself looking at what I thought was an oil masterpiece from one of the great masters from the period. WOW!!!

Best regards,
Juan and Cindy

Dear Kelly -

I saw both the Opening Night and the Sunday Matinee of Kentucky Opera's production of Verdi's Otello. In over 25 years of seeing opera around the world, I have never seen two more professional gestures that those you made this weekend.

First, despite that sinus infection, you sang beautifully on Friday night. As a matter of fact, many of my friends wondered, "If she sounds this good with a sinus infection, I can only imagine how great she sounds without it!!" Second, your generosity with the understudy at the matinee was truly a first rate, professional act. I'm sure Julianna appreciated it, and I wanted you to know that it did not go unnoticed in the audience.

Again, thanks for being KO's Desdemona. I hope to hear you again in the future!!


Pretty damn good for a sinus infection! Made the kissing scenes a little... "interesting." though. Great job all around. -


Feel free to leave your review in the comments section!

Photo by J. David Levy

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello Opera enthusiasts,
What a grand night it was...VERDI's Otello thundered under the roof of the Kentucky Center for the Arts. The audience who joined me on the magical night of September 26th enjoyed a performance full of passion and grand performances by both the artists as well as the orchestra. The stage set was amazing, the performances grand and the orchestra moving. Congratulations to director Garnett Bruce for his beautiful precision and vision. I left the KY Center feeling exhausted by the moving spectacle I have experienced. Unfortunately, my night was a bit blackened by two events... Cardinal Football on the opening night and the report by Mr. Andrew Adler in the newspaper the following Sunday. Let me expand my thoughts for just a second. I do not condemn sports...I have been a competitive athlete myself and sports definitely are a big part of the human experience. However, this state had reached a level of ridiculous obsession when it comes to a bunch of 19 year olds chasing a ball (or even high school sports for that matter). It is not a matter of life and death, it is just sports. Our priorities are really mixed up. Next time we see yet another professional athlete commit a number of crimes and violations we should not is because since he has been in highschool all rules and regulations have been bent for him to become yet another person with no education, ambition, or refinement but...just a ball chaser. Do we need yet another huge arena for our "collegiate" sports? Probably not. Should more people support the arts like the opera instead of attending yet another football game? Probably yes. Am I saying that everybody should like the opera? Of course not!! But for this spectacle to be presented in the KY center for the arts and not to be sold out, definitely says something about our priorities and ambitions as a state. Just think about it next time you see yet another athlete who cannot finish one proper English sentence (providing even more fuel for national ridicule by other English speaking nations).
On the other issue, I am not a critic. I respect Mr. Adler's opinion and I am glad he can express it...but the bottom line is it remains just one man's "opinion" which I completely disagree with. One does not need critics to decide on a needs to listen with his/her heart and he/she will decide on their likes and dislikes. Mr. Adler's lukewarm report left a bad taste in my mouth especially for the great effort that a company such as the KY OPERA has provided. I find myself displeased with Mr. Adler's reports frequently which proves either that I am not an educated opera/symphonic enthusiast or that I have a different heart than what he does. Either way, I would ask Mr. Adler to continue his reporting...maybe while listening with his heart more often and not just using his cold, calculated rules and senses.
Have a nice operatic fall, dear ones
The Wagnerian