A world-class opera
August 24, 2009
Having just experienced a masterful and delightful performance of Don Giovanni, we feel a special tribute to the opera sector of the Aspen Music Festival is deserved.
In addition to the superb vocal and orchestral work, the stage craft of director Ed Berkeley must be commended. The imaginative sets, acting, and the astonishing and adroit scene changes were remarkable, all the more so given the small Wheeler stage with which he must work. The whole evening was special!
This quality opera work has been the norm for years and includes not only the major performances but also the Saturday morning Opera Scenes and their occasional evening counterparts. And we would also like to encourage the production of non-traditional operas, most recently represented by the excellent Rape of Lucretia. Highlights in recent years for us have been The Dialogues of the Carmelites and The Turn of the Screw. We would certainly like to see the Aspen audience for the non-traditional expand.
Lest our views might be considered parochial, we add that we have enjoyed opera in a number of the major opera venues in the world. Nowhere have we enjoyed opera more than in Aspen.
Kathleen and Ken Kliewer
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