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Saturday, January 17, 2004

WHAT'S OPERA, DOC?
kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit!
Earlier today I went to a performance of "What's Opera, Doc?" at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, part of the Lincoln Center's "Reel to Real" series. I got wind of it yesterday, mentioned it to a co-worker, and it so happened that she had an extra ticket, so off we went!

We both noted a while ago that our greatest exposure to opera was via the old Warner Bros. shorts, particular Bugs' take on Figaro and Der Nibelungen. So this sort of thing seemed right up our respective alleys.

The show is aimed at the tykes. I tried to convince my friend Kirby to take his daughter Dayna--cultural event exposure and all that. He considered it, but figured that it'd be a miracle if a one-year-old were able to sit still for two hours. She'll probably be more ready for it in a couple of years.

It was fun. Considering that Bugs Bunny was the featured star, I was expecting a lot more cartoons to be played. And someone who produces the show must really like Cher, because they insisted on playing clips from Moonstruck (only the scenes at the opera). But the show overall was enjoyable. The three live performers were great; all had great pipes on them.

Scott Ailing was the featured tenor. He's good on stage, with a perfect goofy demeanor to go with his fantastic voice.