A number years ago, Lyric Opera in Chicago did a production of Dialogues of the Carmelites. It's the story of the French Revolution and the execution of the Carmelite nuns. The final scene was so real, and so shocking. We both walked out with tear stained cheeks.
Three years ago, I saw that Opera Theater St. Louis was doing Dialogue of The Carmelites as part of their opera festival. I HAD to see this opera once more. So we made the trip down and the festival has become summer tradition for us.
This year's festival was particularly wonderful. Even if you don't have an interest in opera, or theater for that matter, costumes offer so much inspiration, so I thought I would share a few pictures and a glimpse of my weekend.
Our first opera was Ariadne. The story is that a composer has written an opera that they feel is far too boring, so they decide to interject some fun. The result is a vibrant production.
The next opera was a new production, written by Salmon Rushdie. The story is about the conflict in Kashmir between the Muslims and the Hindus.
The story begins with with a young Muslim man and a young Hindu woman falling in love and marrying, but with conflict from the beginning.
This costume was so vibrant and beautiful.
What begins as a love story, ends with revenge and murder. If you ever have the opportunity to see this opera, I highly recommend it as it was truly my favorite of the festival.
La Boheme is always a favorite. If you have never been to the opera, La Boheme makes the perfect introduction. The music is so beautiful and the story so sweet.
I loved the costuming, set in Paris in the 1920's.
The last opera in our series was MacBeth. By far, the best production I have ever seen. What was interesting was when we came back to our room, my husband turned on the television and there was a commercial for Game of Thrones. I commented that it looked just like the production of MacBeth. As it turns out, the costumes were on loan from HBO's Game of Thrones!
Here you see MacBeth and a picture from Game of Thrones. So much work went into these costumes.
And finally, the queen. Her performance was amazing. I truly believed her to be as evil as the character.
Such a wonderful weekend. I left with my mind and my soul enriched. And quite inspired as well!
Even if an entire weekend of opera isn't for you, try to take in a summer theater production of something that you think you might enjoy. It gives you a few moments to escape and hopefully walk away inspired by all that you experienced.