There was much discussion last night about the Marx Brothers movie.
Aside from that, it was nice to catch up with Barbara. It's been over two years since I had seen her. Nice to know she's moving nearby.
I don't know what it is about modern opera. There are few I have seen that I think will stand the test of time. Most of them I think will seem dated pretty quickly. Florencia in the Amazon was one that seems to me to be timeless and could be appreciated a century from now.
Amelia I'm still thinking about.. The music was powerful, but with no melodies you would remember after it was over. It had a cast of good singing actors. I liked the nonlinear first act. That had, to me, a timeless quality. The second act seemed firmly planted in the present, but that could just have been the staging and the set. The hospital scenes were too chaotic with too many people running around. I think if it had been more stylized it would have worked better. I could have done without the defibrillator. one thing that struck me was that it seemed very well put together. The last premier I saw was Dr. Atomic, and it's first run could have used some cuts. Some scenes were overlong. This one had no extraneous material. It flowed very well. It was quite moving.
This weekend went by too fast with not enough time at home. I had to leave fairly early for dinner and opera yesterday and today I spent all day in a workshop that I think could have been shorter. I think they should do one for new sponsors and a shorter refresher for those of us that have been doing this a while.
I would probably not be so cranky if this had been one of my three day weekends with a bit more down time.