Saturday, September 20, 2008
Philharmonia Baroque Publicity Shot
The little park between the San Francisco Opera House and the Veterans Building probably has an official name, but I call it The Tuilleries.
It's a great favorite for photos by tourists, ad agencies and in this case a publicity shot for the chorus of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, which was playing Arne's Milton masque, "Comus" and Rameau's "Pygmalion" at Herbst Theatre Friday evening.
It sounded like an interesting program but I was musically burnt out after a dress rehearsal all afternoon of Korngold's "Die Tote Stadt" where I joined about 40 men for a short cameo in a religious procession atop expressionist black houses.
The music is sounding beautiful but it sure is a weird opera.