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The Best of the 2000-2001 Season

The Minnesota Opera 2001-2002 Season

Rather than present a full photographic record of each opera, I selected from that season's photos to create a "Best of" collection.  Of the five productions of the 2000-2001 season, I photographed three:  Kurt Weill's Street Scene, Gioacchino Rossini's The Barber of Seville, and the double bill of Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci / Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.  Here are the best photographs from those productions:

(Click on an image to see the full-sized image.)

Kurt Weill, Street Scene

CRW_2746_small.jpg (12301 bytes) The Street Scene set lit for night (this photo was taken from the rear of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts's orchestra section; the slight slope of the stage upward to the left was really there).  
IMG_3606_small.jpg (8689 bytes) Rose about to leave the New York neighborhood after her father has murdered her mother.

Gioacchino Rossini, The Barber of Seville

IMG_5946_small.jpg (8649 bytes) Rosina leaning over her balcony, waving to Lindoro (Count Almaviva).
IMG_6120_small.jpg (6853 bytes) Don Basilio & Dr. Bartolo in animated discussion.
IMG_6379_small.jpg (11400 bytes) The ensemble (Berta, Don Basilio, Rosina, Dr. Bartolo, Count Almaviva [Lindoro], and Figaro) in friendly consultation.
IMG_6503_small.jpg (11984 bytes) Members of the civil guard. 
IMG_6643_small.jpg (7117 bytes) Rosina and Count Almaviva during "music lessons."

Ruggero Leoncavallo, Pagliacci

IMG_1901_small.jpg (11747 bytes) Chorus members; children's first communion, on their way to church. 
IMG_3205_small.jpg (9512 bytes) Tonio taunting Nedda. 
IMG_2188_small.jpg (5564 bytes) Canio, at the end of Part I, preparing for the troupe's performance in Part II. 
IMG_2342_small.jpg (8293 bytes) Canio (Pagliaccio) kills Silvio after slaying Nedda. 

Carl Orff, Carmina Burana

Although technically a vocal composition and not an opera, The Minnesota Opera presented Carmina Burana as a vocal and dance ensemble immediately following Pagliacci.  Soloists in Carmina Burana were the doomed lovers in Pagliacci, Nedda and Silvio.  In addition (and prominently featured in these photos), the Body Vox dance company of Portland, OR, had choreographed and danced many of Carmina Burana's individual songs. 

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