The Well-Tempered Ear


  1. […] counts – from the staging and the costumes to the singing and the orchestra” Larry Wells, The Well-Tempered Ear, Feb. […]


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  2. Attended the Sunday performance, which I loved a lot. Benjamin Liupaogo was also impressive as Rodolfo.
    A few times the orchestra was a bit loud but we were in the second row. It was my adult daughter’s first opera and she liked it as much as “Rent.”


    Comment by bbead — February 27, 2018 @ 9:01 am

  3. An excellent review: I especially like the fact that the reviewer told everyone that the performance house was pretty much full. This is often neglected in reviews.

    I cannot speak toward the question of balance, it might depend on where one sits and also on one’s perspective and whether they are instrument or voice attuned.

    I do think Into the Woods will not be a blur and it is an excellent choice. The 2014 movie (with many stars) was a huge hit so it will be working off this. It’s played at London’s Royal Opera House, the Sydney Opera etc. so I think one need not worry about the blur that the reviewer is concerned with.


    Comment by fflambeau — February 27, 2018 @ 12:42 am

  4. I was also at the Saturday evening performance, and while I agree with most of the review by Mr. Wells, I must emphatically disagree with him about the vocal/orchestral balance.

    I found the orchestra too loud throughout the entire performance, forcing the singers to push much more than they should have had to do, which really marred some of the arias, especially the opening of the Act 1 duet between Mimi and Rodolfo.

    As a violist and former student in the SoM, I have played in that pit. I know it can be extremely problematical. I have also played La Bohème with the UW Opera, although it was with Prof. Karlos Moser, and in Music Hall, so I do know whereof I speak.


    Comment by bratschespeilerin — February 27, 2018 @ 12:31 am

    • To comment on a previous UW Opera Bohème just alluded to (the two April 1998 performances conducted by Karlos Moser, at his retirement), that was a splendiferous production at Music Hall: Wendy Rowe was Mimmi, Emily Wallace the Musetta, Todd Wilander (Rodolfo), Ron Watkins (Marcello). Dan Plummer (Schaunard), Ken Church (Colline), David Hottmann (Benoit), Chris Vogt (Alcindoro), James Rowe (Parpignol), and yes the orchestra also was splendid (especially the violas).
      The performances last weekend depended much less on alumni and guest artists than that gala 1998 production, partly a reflection of the improved financial support for the current opera program. That is indeed growing nicely, but still looks for further support in the next years to provide better funding for students and their productions. (Can YOU help? Please consider that!)


      Comment by Dan Shea — February 28, 2018 @ 1:53 am

      • I was referring to a production of La Bohème in the late 70’s/early-to-mid 80’s, not Karlos’ retirement production of it.


        Comment by bratschespeilerin — February 28, 2018 @ 2:51 am

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