Fata Morgana (chimerically) wrote,
Fata Morgana

  • Mood:
  • Music:

Susan B.

What a whimsical, bizarre experience is Gertrude Stein, and an interesting foil to the glittering self-importance of the SF Opera's opening night. Last night with my aunt, I saw The Mother of Us All, an opera by Virgil Thompson (music) and Stein (libretto), about Susan B. Anthony. The opera impressionistically concentrated more on creating scenes and moods than advancing the story, and at times it was absurd, infusing important moments with Stein's characteristic repetitions and banalities. I still can't make sense of some of the characters, like the blood-spattered destructive innocent Angel More. But despite its strangeness, I liked it. In general I've liked more modern operas than classical - Wozzeck and The Consul seemed real, while La Boheme, that early classical one I saw whose name I can't even remember, and even Carmen (at times) just got tiresome.

Here's a statement about men from The Mother of Us All: "They hearten themselves in their fear by crowding together and following each other." There were a few other good ones, but alas, not memorable enough for my feeble memory. :~)

  • Permanent accounts

    LJ is having a permanent account sale until June 28 -- and if you get an account in the next few hours (the first 36 of the sale), they'll donate…

  • upcoming ballroom events: competition and charity ball

    My next competition, after a whole quarter with none (thankfully, given how crazily busy I've been), is the regional championships next Saturday,…

  • how does your garden grow?

    My garden burst into life over the weekend. What were tiny sprouts on May 2, at the largest, are now vigorous plants four inches high or more. The…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded