There has been so much written in the past six weeks or so about this upcoming opera but I still want to add a couple of personal comments. I liked some of the staging for this production because it brought a clearer understanding behind the actions of the characters. Pinkerton’s drinking is usually in the background but here we see an alcoholic who cannot keep his hands (and mouth) away from his hip flask. My question is simple, did the director choose that setting to better explain the behavior of Pinkerton?
Cio-Cio San uses a feminine suicide practiced by Japanese women–at least that’s what I’ve been told. So instead of falling on the sword, she binds her legs and neck and then stabs herself in the artery thereby insuring modesty when she falls. This is the method used in this production.
The costumes are extraordinary because they are primarily from the extensive collection of Fred Rogers, costume designer for major theater houses in NYC. Those little touches that bring an added dimension to the actors are evident here and a treat for those who enjoy period costumes. The opera is set in Japan in the late 1880′s.
The set is simple but yet complicated; doors actually slide on the house given to the professional carpenter brought in from the cities. Zach Morgan, who built some of the sets for the Paul Bunyan Playhouse last season, has given much thought to this project.
I like that Abe Hunter has assured that this production can be seen by audiences starting with middle-school students. Take advantage of that grands and parents for this is a chance to see and hear extraordinary singers.
Speaking of singers, Kirk Duogherty who plays Pinkerton has a website click here that gives a lot of biographical information as well as his upcoming events.
Ernie and I have been hosting two of the singers this June: DanScofield and Phong Nguyen. They have been a pleasure to have in our home for many reasons, not the least of which is that Dan likes to cook. Just this morning, he prepared a gourmet feast for Ernie, the grands and Phong—I had to get to work so ate on the run. Thanks guys, it’s been real! (as they say back East)
There’s a new play opening at Long Lake Theater next week so will be back very soon to update this blog.