Saturday, December 09, 2006

Mozart@the Opera

The last concert of questa stagione for the Albany Symphony Orchestra and its vivid conductor. Despite the cold that's biting more and more into the Capital region these days, there was a sea of people attending this performance. Naturally, most of them, old and very old but that's beside the point:).

Still celebrating the "Mozart year" undergoing in 2006, the performance included selections from his most famous operas namely The marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte and the Magic Flute, but the cherry on the top (you can call it the "underground" kick if you'd like) and incidentally the part that I enjoyed the most was the final piece of Idomeneo, not an aria but a symphonic ending of a serious opera aimed for ballet. Idomeneo, the king of Crete is a not-so-famous (commercial?) Mozart opera, actually his first mature opera, quite experimental and long, I guess. But this last piece, I think is very good and an inspired choice to include it in the program. Overall, very good and interesting at the same time.

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