Sunday, July 29, 2012

Outer Borough Opera

There's been a definite upgrade in the program since the last time Diana and I made it to the Metropolitan Opera's free outer borough concert.  Might be that the swank-i-fied Brooklyn Bridge Park has a higher profile than the projects in Red Hook, there about 100x more people in attendance.  And the program was much longer - at least 2 hours long.

We were thrilled that baritone John Del Carlo was one of the three performers.  We saw him in Barber of Seville and Tosca last year, he is a wonderful singer as well as a terrific comedic actor. 

The only down side was the weather.  It was well over 90 muggy degrees well after 10pm.  YUCK.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Metropolitan Opera Recital in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Last night, in 90 degree humidity, Meridita and I made the awkward trek to the lovely and tucked away Brooklyn Bridge Park to hear a Metropolitan Opera recital.

The singers were Danielle de Niese, Dimitri Pittas, and John Del Carlo.  They were all wonderful! In addition to having beautiful voices, they were all charismatic light-hearted performers, with a very welcoming and friendly stage presence.

The program was very full, about two hours long, with an intermission. The first act featured several arias and duets from Don Pasquale, as well as selections from Le Nozze di Figaro and La Boheme, among others. The second act was fabulous, but they changed the program from what's listed, and I can't remember what they performed.

The view behind the stage was beautiful. Right on the East River, we were treated to a stunning New York skyline. This picture of us was snapped by Pittas and posted on facebook. Meridita, Rachel and I are in there somewhere!