johnleiser

From The House Of The Dead Met Opera 12/2/09

In Uncategorized on December 3, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Wish I could have seen this in Aix-en-Provence and then I would be way ahead of the curve. That being said , FTHOTD is a star for the new Met manager , Peter Gelb. A dark minimal set that looks like the walls of a prison, it is, and great lighting, Russian post modern?,and the Met Orchestra, with Esa-Pekka Salonen at last, make for the most depressing story of the season and somehow got to be everyones’ favorite, me included.There is no story, just painful monologues of how the prisoners arrive at the jail. The are quotidian stories that make them all the more frightening. Well sung in Czech by mostly unknown to me singers. The 2 “plays” that the prisoners preform seem to indicate that people retain their souls even in the most desperate places. Janacek wrote the music and the libretto at the very end of his life and one wonders how much his own imminent death figures in the play.The eagle flying off in the end should bring some hope to the prisoners but it is only a blip as their prison life goes on. The “gentleman” is released much as it happens in “real” life. And the the prison life goes on. This is a must see!

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