‘Our Town’ hits a high note
Dear Editor:Wednesday evening, Aug. 2, it was my great good luck to be able to attend the final performance of Ned Rorem’s opera “Our Town” at the Wheeler Opera House.Your sometime-reviewer, Harvey Steiman, was right when he said the first two acts dragged a bit. But let me tell you, the singers and the orchestra were sublime. Jason Collins as the stage manager put everyone at ease both with his human and with his vocal warmth. Matthew Morris and Jennifer Zetlan as the protagonists George Gibbs and Emily Webb totally won over the audience with their superb singing and convincing affection for one another. And then to top it all off, Jennifer Zetlan reduced some of us to tears in the third act with one of the most straightforward performances I have ever witnessed on the Wheeler stage. Near the end I raised my binoculars to observe her final aria more closely only to discover real tears pouring down her cheeks. To those other lucky souls who were there, let me confirm that the passion you heard in and from her magnificent voice was that of a great heart truly breaking before your very eyes.Jim BreastedCarbondale
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