Duanesburg grad shines in opera
Music director James Levine, absent in body from Tanglewood, is never more intensely present in spirit than during Tanglewood Music Center opera productions. His genius lies in picking exactly the right bon-bon opera for young voices and limber bodies, the right rising professional voices (plus a discreet "guest artist" here and there) and the perfect director to move the action and stage little bubbly touches. It was Ira Siff again, hooray.
This year's lucky composer was Richard Strauss. Anything wrong with his lightweight "Ariadne auf Naxos" is on his end. (The plot has to do with a tragedy and a comic farce performed simultaneously, at the command of a wealthy patron.)
The singers and the Music Center Orchestra, conducted in the old Theater by no less a luminary than Christoph Von Dohnanyi, performed with charm and flexibility that reflected their beautiful training. None were lovelier or more sumptuous than the creamy-voiced soprano Emalie Savoy, who is about to enter the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Savoy is a graduate of Juilliard and, lest it not be listed often enough, Duanesburg Central High School. (Pictured are Ta'u Pupu'a as Bacchus and Emalie Savoy in the title role in "Ariadne auf Naxos" -- photo by Hilary Scott)
All right, Duanesburg! Point taken.