The Best of the 2001-2002 Season
As for the previous year's productions I have selected below the "best" photographs from The Minnesota Opera's 2001-2002 Season. All five productions are represented.
(Click on an image to see the full-sized image.)
Gaetano Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor
Lucia and her companion Alisa anticipating
the arrival of her love, Edgardo.
Because lighting came from a large surface immediately out of sight below (see the next two photos), and from spots at both sides, this photo required several iterations of the duplicate layer/levels/layer mask process to bring all skin tones to the same tonal value. Compare the original.
|Lucia, having been convinced of Edgardo's unfaithfulness by a forged letter, and having agreed to marry Arturo, is paralyzed by grief at her misfortune.|
|Normanno, even at the end unrepentent of his part in the tragedy.|
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, La Clemenza di Tito
[Vitellia, daughter of a former Roman emperor
deposed by Tito's father, has vowed to accomplish Emperor Tito's assassination rather than
see him marry another woman. Sesto (a "pants role") is her intended
Servilia: My love.
Annio (another "pants role"):
[Sesto is on his way to carry out the plot,
whereupon Vitellia learns that Tito has now chosen her to be his consort.]
Servilia [to Vitellia], imploring her to go
to Sesto's aid:
The grand finale:
Panorama of four photographs stitched together.
Giacomo Puccini, La Bohème
|The Bohemians, feigning outrage at Benoit's indiscretions, throw him out. Schaunard and Colline close the door on Benoit amidst peals of laughter.|
|The toy-vendor, Parpignol, passes with his cart filled with toys and marionettes, to the delight of several children.|
|Colline and Schaunard share a moment of drink and gaiety.|
While the Bohemians (and Mimi)
contemplate their good fortune of a paid-up bill, Marcello and Musetta are reunited, and
the other celebrants admire a parade of soldiers.
Panorama of three images stitched together.
|Mimi appears, cold and ill, seeking Marcello, to seek his help with her difficulties with an ever-jealous, suspicious Rodolfo.|
|Musetta, meanwhile, ever the coquette, teases Marcello. Eventually Mimi and Rodolfo reconcile; Musetta and Marcello, meanwhile, part amidst a storm of mutual insults. Mimi and Rodolfo vow to stay together until spring.|
|Mimi has died, as yet unbeknownst to others in the room; Musetta still prays for her.|
Mark Adamo, Little Women
|The sisters (from left to right, Amy, Meg, Jo, and Beth) and Laurie play "truth or dare" in the household attic.|
|Meg listening enraptured to John Brooke, who is romancing her.|
|John moves a step closer to winning Meg's heart by the contrivance of returning to her a lost glove.|
|John and Meg are married, using her parents' vows.|
|Amy writes of her time in London, where she has fallen under Laurie's spell.|
|Jo prays for Beth's recovery.|
At the opera's end, however, Friedrich reappears, and we know that Jo's life will take its own happier
turn as their relationship grows:
Giuseppe Verdi, Don Carlos
|The Veil Song, a Moorish tale of a king who seeks to seduce as his mistress a woman who in fact is his veiled wife.|
|Thibault, Queen Elisabeth's page, acting out part of the Veil Song.|
|Elisabeth's lady-in-waiting, the Countess d'Aremberg, has been banished because she left Elisabeth unattended (and thus able to meet with Carlos); Elisabeth tells her sorrowfully, "You will see France once more. Say farewell to it for me!"|
|A heretic condemned by the Inquisition, penitent, is consigned nonetheless to the flames.|
as the heretics burn a Celestial Voice sings:
|The blind Grand Inquisitioner confronts Philippe over the questionable faith and seditious activities of his son, Carlos.|