SHOW: Opera Macabre: Edgar Allen Poe
GROUP: Philadelphia Opera Collective
ATTENDED: Fri., Sept. 15, 3 p.m., Adrienne Theater
CLOSES: Thu., Sept. 19
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: “Opera Macabre brings Poe's classics to life with chilling suspense and lurid language.”
WE THINK: I feel I can’t begin this review without telling you this: I know next to nothing about opera. I had never been to an opera before this one. In fact, I didn’t know this show was an opera until I actually got to the Adrienne. (Why the title, Opera Macabre, didn’t tip me off, I don’t have an answer.)
However, Philadelphia Opera Collective’s mission statement is to make an “environment where opera becomes accessible to those not familiar with the art form.” So, I was in good hands. Their productions of three Edgar Allen Poe stories were true to the source material and well performed. The first, The Fall of The House of Usher, was slow at times, though that’s not entirely the performers’ fault. The second, The Black Cat, was the most “fun” of the three, a story of a drunken man who kills his beloved pet cat, then — because it’s Poe — comes back to haunt him. (I also was tickled by an opera singer belting out about having a “small monkey.”)
So it wasn’t exactly like Bugs Bunny cartoons (my main source of opera knowledge), but interesting nonetheless.
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