run to this view on Saturday morning. Got going early, to fit in 18 kilometres and be home in time to help Pater baby-sit this little girl
I got ready for Date Night at the Opera. Not Your Traditional Opera: Vancouver Opera has been reaching out to different audiences these past few years in an effort to make the numbers work. On the menu last night? Sweeney Todd! Although "menu" is clearly a difficult word in that context (for some fun marketing, a local food truck vendor was selling "delicious meat pies" during intermission! The performance was entertaining--a great set, pared-down suggestion of gritty contemporary industrial-- costumes a range of convincingly drab blending of contemporary timeless and roughly 19th-century London tropes. Sadly, Greer Grimsley's voice failed him and some weird lip-synching distracted me, much as I grudgingly admired the backstage manoeuvring it must have taken so that "the show must go on." Grimsley's acting was convincing, but let's face it: opera is about the voice. Even more, for me, it's about the interweaving of voices, and in a live performance, the balance between unmiked voices is the magic we come to see and hear. We did get that in Anthony (Rocco Rupolo) and Johanna (Caitlin Wood)'s wonderful duet. And I hope next week's audience will enjoy such magic between Grimsley's Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett, sung by Luretta Bybee (Grimsley's real-life wife).