Took a night off from theater tonight, in favor of the music drama -- which is to say the opera. Except this was a concert staging of an opera, so more music than drama. Or maybe not, because there was a little minimal moving-about of people, and a surprising amount of characterization going on among the principals.
Aaaanyway. The opera was Salome, which is roughly 3/4 of the Wilde play set to some of the noisiest and most gorgeous orchestral taffy-pulling Richard Strauss ever came up with. Which is saying something.
Die-hard Synetic followers will remember that Tboy rather likes Salome, chiefly for its excesses. Now imagine those excesses scored for unhinged soprano and backed by a 100-piece orchestra, and you'll have a faint idea of how much fun Tboy had tonight.
Or you could just watch the big finish (in two parts):
That was La Leontyne, for those of you who never saw her onstage. Tonight's Salome, as you may have read in last weekend's WashPo, was the su-effing-perb Debbie Voigt, which isn't the same kinda voice at all, though they're both glorious in their own way.
p.s.: This ain't a review, so Tboy's not going to do the whole name-everybody-and-say-something-about-their-contributions thing. But the entire lineup was pretty damn good.
p.p.s: Tim Page, who's a really nice guy in addition to having a Pulitzer on his bookshelf, was there. He liked it, too.