Florida Grand Opera at Wynwood Art Walk: Pretty Sounds and Pretty Rude Listeners
|Florida Grand Opera performed selections from upcoming shows, including Romeo et Juliette.|
The FGO is now looking to introduce the culturally inquisitive younger set to the joys of its monumentally powerful medium. And what better way to bring opera to the masses than during art walk, when people are boozed up and receptive? Well, there may have been better ways -- an at-times inattentive audience and sparse, lackluster setting put a bit of a damper on some performances. But as free, unique cultural experiences go, the brief foray into the world of FGO's Young Artist program, and the upcoming Romeo et Juliette run at the Arsht Center, was one of Saturday's standout gallery events.
|A packed house.|
Frankly, the shockingly small physiques of the singers hardly looked hearty enough to produce the booming melodies they belted forth. It ain't over till the skinny chick sings, apparently. We half expected glasses to shatter and windows to crack, but much to our surprise, everything remained intact.
Yeah, there's a language barrier. Most operas are penned in either Italian or French, which means the audiences at Dorsch were often unaware of the plot specifics. (FGO's performances at the Arsht are subtitled.) But the melodramatic stylings of the players help, and anyway, are words really so important? In this art form, it's all about the sound.
Even so, we dug the opera most. We vote art walk galleries follow in Dorsch's lead and mix up their offerings a bit. We could all use a little more cultural exposure.
And even if this whole opera thing is new to you, we suggest you snag some tickets. For dudes, willingly taking your chick to the opera earns you major brownie points. And for chicks, it's a chance to get dolled up, get your cocktail on and soak up a little romance. Win-win.
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