Last night’s opening of The Austin Lyric Opera’s production of The Star (aka Chabrier’s “L’Etoile”) was lauded by a standing ovation with enthusiastic hoots and hollers, a sure sign they had as much fun in the audience as we all did on stage!
The invited open dress rehearsal on Thursday night was also a success with 2,000+ school kids in the audience, hanging on every note. And for my heroic 3rd Act entrance, I received a Fonzarelli-like greeting… I was thrilled to hear they were happy to see me again!
Everyone in this cast and behind the scenes is first-class and a joy to work with! You’ve got to see it to believe it!
It’s a toe tapping, head-bopping good time…
Y’all come down now, ya hear!
Here are the details:
Austin Lyric Opera
January 30, February 3, 5 and 7, 2010
The Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704
Box Office: 512-472-5992
Sung in French and dialogue in English, with English Supertitles
For more information, check out the digital program here.
What do you get when you cross the Marx Brothers with Gilbert and Sullivan? Very likely, The Star. The zany plot and inspired staging combine with a colorful and often ingenious score to deliver opera at its most entertaining. This romp of a show brings together a poor peddler, a near-psychopath of a king, a lovely princess, and an astrologer, in a wildly plotted story that is as irresistible as it is improbable.
Emmanuel Chabrier’s The Star is a musical sparkler of an operetta. Its light, diverting tunes and witty, bantering dialogue represent the very essence of “opéra bouffe,” a mid-19th-century genre created by Offenbach that was meant to entertain. The use of parody, satire, and outrageous slapstick, with its finely-spun melodies and sensual, lighter-than-air orchestration place it in a class well above similar comic works.
- Richard Buckley, Conductor
- Alain Gauthier, Director
- Deborah Domanski, Lazuli
- Nili Riemer, La Princesse Laoula
- Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, King Ouf I
- Kevin Glavin, Siroco
- John Boehr, Tapioca
- Liz Cass, Aloes
- Brian Joyce, Herisson
Photos by Mark Matson