July 11, 2019, 7:00PM, Free Burton Chace Park, Marina del Rey 13650 Mindanao Way Marina del Rey, California 90292 Opera at the Shore Frank Fetta, Conductor and Artistic Director Marina del Rey Symphony
There will be two works on this program, both with roots in theater, one is an opera (excerpts), the other is a silent movie which uses opera as a place and mover of the plot. The setting for both is Paris.
1. Giacamo Puccini, "La Bohème," Acts III and II in that order. This is a concert staging of Puccini's ever popular verismo opera of young lovers who find love, loose it, and then regain it, but too late with a tragic ending (It is Italian opera.). Act III is performed first, used as a foreshadowing of the bitterness which follows exuberance of young love in Act II at Café Momus on Christmas Eve. Cast of Characters Mimì, a seamstress Rodolfo, a writer, one of the four bohemians Musetta, a working girl, Marcello’s former lover Marcello, an artist, one of the four bohemians Schaunard, a musician, one of the four bohemians Colline, a philosopher, one of the four bohemians Benoit, a landlord Alcindoro, a wealthy suitor to Musetta Parpignol, a toy peddler
2. "Phantom of the Opera," 1925 silent movie with a new score by Craig Sagan who wrote the score for our screening of Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid," presented in 2017. In this silent horror classic, aspiring young opera singer Christine Daaé (Mary Philbin) discovers that she has a mysterious admirer intent on helping her become a lead performer. This enigmatic masked presence is Erik, also known as the Phantom (Lon Chaney), a horribly disfigured recluse who lives underneath the Paris Opera House. When the Phantom takes Christine prisoner and demands her devotion and affection, her suitor, Vicomte Raoul de Chagny (Norman Kerry), sets out to rescue her. Read Roger Ebert's review: LINK
Thanks to Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, the new tent returns. It is larger, and with the flat top, straight lines, and right angles, comments ranged from modern to an ancient Grecian temple. We like it.
Tell Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn your appreciation for these concerts. At her website homepage, in the upper left, is a box for your e-mail address to contact her: LINK
Bring a picnic, a jacket, a blanket to sit on and one to wrap yourself in. IT CAN GET CHILLY AND DAMP. If you bring a chair, please make sure it has a low back to not obstruct the view of those behind you.