I have spent entirely too much time this week watching tragedies. Yesterday it was Peter Grimes (opera). Today was both No Man's Land (movie, for a class) and Tosca (opera). Lost in Translation was good and not a bad ending, but hardly bright and upbeat. I need to take a break from unhappy endings. Proof? While watching Tosca tonight, I kept thinking which characters in it were equivalent to which characters in No Man's Land.
I winced every time, and they kept doing it - all the main characters, at least. In street shoes. Fresh from the street. Trampling all over a large and incomplete painting.
The singing was good - Tosca's voice was particularly nice. Sadly and unexpectedly though, there were almost no moments of magic in it. What I love most about opera are the vocal and musical moments which are transcendantly gorgeous, spellbindingly good. Peter Grimes had a large handful of them. Tosca didn't, sadly, which is part of what failed to keep me from making the following comparison in my head, off and on, over the course of the opera... The costumes were much more fun to look at than Peter Grimes - but what do you expect, when Tosca is set among Roman nobility, whereas Peter Grimes is about early 19th century English fisherfolk on their work days?( Collapse )