Hold on to your socks, we're all over the map today.
On studying Falstaff
(Adolf Schrödter: Falstaff und sein Page, 1867)
I haven't had an opportunity to sit and listen to the opera with score in hand, though it's on my agenda for this week, largely because I have to build a new supertext score, which necessitates a page-by-page approach to hearing the opera. But I have had it on in the background all week. And it's true, what everyone says -- this is an opera built on one tiny wonderful musical moment after another. Chris was right: this is my kind of opera. I'm not naturally predisposed to the big hulking standalone arias. You guys, I fell asleep during Casta Diva one night when we were doing Norma. (I know. It's embarrassing.) This kind of swift, fleeting, lively score is much more my style.
And I'm about to say a second sacrilegious thing. You know what Falstaff reminds me of? This:
So.... last week I might have spent the majority of my free time either at the dentist (fun) or dealing with ongoing car repairs (more fun). Which is my sad way of saying that I didn't do so well on my Falstaff homework :(
But that's okay because there's still nearly a month before we open! So let's all agree to actually read the Shakespeare this week. I did begin my concentrated listening but I only got through Act I. Man, I am lame.
So this week, instead of my Falstaff assignment, I bring you another Proust questionnaire! This round of Meet the Staff features Bob Kingston, our Resident Historian & Lecturer. If you've ever attended our pre-concert talks (both at the Keller and at the Newmark), you've encountered Bob "in the wild." You may also have seen him in our ongoing series of videos, aimed at giving viewers more info about each of our shows. Most recently (and most pertinent to my homework!) -- why aren't there any famous arias from Falstaff?
If you've been a Portland Opera-goer for awhile, you may have spotted Bob onstage, singing in our chorus, which he did for seven seasons. Or maybe you've seen him casually pumping iron while climbing Mount St. Helens.