Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Palm Springs Opera in the Park
The Palm Springs Opera Guild has an annual competition for aspiring opera singers, culminating in scholarships and a free Sunday afternoon concert in Sunrise Park.
Even by opera's surrealistic standards, the young divas in gowns and young divos in tuxedos filing through the casual crowds...
...in 100 degree heat...
...was quite a sight.
Though none of the singers knocked me out, they were all good, and the 30+ person orchestra played well.
Plus the collection of arias and ensembles were surprisingly ambitious, complete with a mezzo and countertenor above singing the final duet from Monteverdi's "Coronation of Poppea."
It was a lovely afternoon.