Friday November 2nd, 2018
Houston Grand Opera Presents
Performances nowthru November 11, 2018
This two hour and fiftheen minute performance of Pucini's La Boheme at Wortham Center is the great love story imagined by its creator.
La bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide.
It is interesting to note here, the world premiere of La bohème was in Turin in 1896 at the Teatro Regio, conducted by the 28-year-old Arturo Toscanini; its U.S. premiere took place the following year, 1897, in Los Angeles.
In 1946, fifty years after the opera's premiere, Toscanini conducted a commemorative performance of it on the radio with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. A recording of the performance was later released by RCA Victor on vinyl record, tape and compact disc. It is the only recording ever made of a Puccini opera by its original conductor.
La bohème is based on Henri Murger's novel, Scènes de la vie de bohème, a collection of vignettes portraying young bohemians living in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840s. Although usually called a novel, it has no unified plot. Like the 1849 play by Murger and Théodore Barrière, the opera's libretto focuses on the relationship between Rodolfo and Mimì, ending with her death. Also like the play, the libretto combines two characters from the novel, Mimì and Francine, into the single character of Mimì. Early in the composition stage Puccini was in dispute with the composer Leoncavallo, who said that he had offered Puccini a completed libretto and felt that Puccini should defer to him. Puccini responded that he had had no idea of Leoncavallo's interest and that having been working on his own version for some time, he felt that he could not oblige him by discontinuing with the opera. Leoncavallo completed his own version in which Marcello was sung by a tenor and Rodolfo by a baritone. It was unsuccessful and is now rarely performed.
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Texas Renaissance Festival
Now thru November 25, 2018
It's that time of year, The Texas Renaissance Festival is doing its annual Fall thing. The festival will be doing themed weekends throughout its run.
“We really strive to
bring new offerings
to the festival,”
General Manager, Terre Albert
The Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF) started in 1974 at an old strip-mining site. The festival owners say it's "the nation’s largest Renaissance theme park." The festival sits on 55 acres of land in Todd Mission, Texas and has over 200 acres of camping facilities. The festival is regularly attended by thousands annually.
The festival reported last year the festival had over half a million attendees, General Manager Terre Albert is excited this year's crowds will be even larger.
“We really strive to bring new offerings to the festival,” Albert said. “We want to make sure our returning patrons have a reason to keep coming back and also show our new guests why they should keep coming to the festival.” told the Community Impact.com.
TRF features nearly 500 costumed actors who perform on 25 stages. Its 350 on-site shops include: international food purveyors; unique artisans; merchants and craft vendors; human-powered rides; an abundance of performers walking among the guests; and the Queen's Royal Finale (fireworks if weather permits) at dusk.
The Joust is performed by the Hanlon-Lees Action Theatre and is said to be an accurate reenactment of a medieval joust, featuring authentic weapons, costumed horses, and armored knights. Other performances at the festival include acts designed for mature audiences only; as well as for youngsters. Staple performances include The Birds of Prey show, a highly praised free-flying bird show including hawks, owls, vultures, and eagles, the Fire Whip Show, the Clan Tynker Family Circus, and the School of Sword.
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