Oh, Heathcliff! Cathy!

April 17, 2011

Last week, I had the privilege of attending a preview of The Minnesota Opera performing Bernard Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights. It was a blogger event, which was fun in itself. We were invited to appetizers and conversation at Sakura~ YUM! I thoroughly enjoyed meeting local bloggers and press people. Everyone was so kind and friendly. It was especially fun to hear the interns with The Minnesota Opera talking about what goes on behind the scenes.

One of the best things about the night was hanging out with my dear Jilliebean from Spoils of Wear. We are usually with our mates or she’s kidnapping my kids, which is all wonderful (!), but it was nice to hang out, just us two.

Jill & Me

(For all you regular Girly Musers, look…HEELS…the first in about 12 weeks. I owe you an update on that topic. Another sidenote~ I will never wear these particular heels again. Anyone need them? Size 7 1/2.)

The Ordway is absolutely gorgeous and when I saw the stage, my heart pitter-pattered. Beautiful, grey, stark…just what I would expect from Wuthering Heights.

Sara Jakubiak plays the part of Catherine and land sakes, the girl can sing. I was blown away by the sheer volume that her petite frame can project. What a passionate voice. The clip below is Sara giving a brief description of the plot.

http://www.youtube.com/user/MinnesotaOpera#p/c/A3FBDCA20B414DD1/2/LEF42C7F2bQ

The story is just as bitter and full of revenge as I remembered. I had forgotten how Cathy is completely self-absorbed. Wow…to see her “lose it” on stage was quite something. Heathcliff, played by Lee Poulis, is also very convincing as the dark and brooding character.

During the intermission, we were able to go backstage and see a few of the performers…such beautiful and talented people. We also went onstage and saw parts of the set up close. By the way, the meals on the table are NOT anything I would want to eat…seems like a good practical joke went down there, with moldy food stuck on dishes as part of the set. It made me think of The Tale of Two Bad Mice.

My kids have had to put up with me singing opera to them ever since. Now when they’re in trouble, I will sing, “You! Unnatural CUBS!”

Just a little something I picked up at The Opera…

Take a look at these glorious photographs~ it will make you wish you were there.

The various screen effects make you feel as if you are in the middle of a 3D movie…spectacular.

Yikes. Cathy is TICKED.

Such a tragic story.

The Minnesota Opera did a fabulous production. They opened Saturday night and will perform again tonight, the 17th…and again on the 19th, 21st and 23rd. You can get your tickets here: http://www.mnopera.org/

Thank you, Daniel, for allowing me to be part of such a delightful event!

Go support the Arts, my friends. XO

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7 Responses to “Oh, Heathcliff! Cathy!”

  1. Lori says:

    Well, I went to the opera too while I was in Sydney…The Barber of Sevelle in Italian. It was spectacular being in the Sydney Opera house (which is on my bucket list…) and being with my baby girl! Loved it!

  2. GirlyMuse says:

    Melissa Sutherland
    I need them!!! Oh yes. Yes I do.

  3. Liv says:

    I just read Wuthering Heights last year for the first time. I can only imagine an opera version would be amazing. What a fun event. And you are looking lovely as usual.

    Yay for heels!

  4. Jill says:

    I loved our little date! Even though the story was shockingly dark and sad, it was a good first-Opera experience! I will be stealing that photo of the 2 of us. :)

  5. Jill says:

    Oh, and it looks like Melissa already got the shoes. Second dibs?

  6. Loren says:

    Oh I am sooo Jealous!! It was a blogger event!!??? HOW COOL IS THAT!!! and Those Pics! WOW!! I do wish I was there! It looks like it was FABULOUS!!! I didn’t know Jillie-bean blogged! :) I will have to go meet her …. kinda feel like I know her! hee hee ;)

    You look beautiful AS ALWAYS! sorry those shoes hurt your feet!!! drats!

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