I love Sara’s thoughts and observations, and am delighted to call her a friend. I too was enchanted by the recent Love In a Library in Edinburgh, our festival city. But she says it so much better…
Lots of people aren’t into Opera.
I get it. I do.
The endlessly long running times. The ridiculous daytime-tv-worthy plots. The repetitive subtitles.
There is a lot to put a gal off.
BUT, hear me out.
Imagine you are sitting in a sunny library. A quiet space full of potential.
A kind-eyed librarian gently bustles about
… until a young man literally bursts into song,unable to contain his passion-from-afar any longer.
A sweet half hour commences where the two chase each other around your local library, conversing through alternating songs – declaring, questioning, and affirming their tentative love.
Cheesy? Maybe. Adorable? Definitely.
With Love in a Library, it’s opera-lite. Short and sweet; simple and (partially) in English, with lyrics and translations for each song in your lap for easy browsing.
The song selection with which they build this romantic narrative ranges from Wagner to Gershwin (by way of…
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