The Three Divas
I went to the Pioneer Park Pavilion to see The Three Divas show orchestrated by the the Northwest Sinfonietta by conductor Christophe Chagnard on Feb. 22.
Once arriving to the pavilion and picking up my ticket from the will call desk, a friendly escort lead me to a seat which happened to be the best one in the house—right next to the stage.
I had a full and direct view of the entire orchestra made up of cellos, violins, oboe, timpani and flutes.
The first section of music performed was the overture from Don Giovanni, an opera by Mozart about a man, conveniently named Don Giovanni, who commits all sorts of crimes and flirts with multiple women. In the end, he’s given the choice of whether to repent with his ways but stubbornly enough, he refuses and is dragged to hell. The overture was a powerful start to the program – starting as dark and suspenseful but then lightening up.
After the overture, music from this opera continued and the first of the three opera singers were introduced. The first was Kristin Vogel. Her facial expressions were dramatic and mischievous. Sitting up next to the stage, I could see her emotions phenomenally. The music wasn’t overly loud, either.
The next singer introduced was Kimberly Giordano, who was wide-eyed and had dreamy expressions when singing.
The next section of music played was from Le Nozze Di Figaro, a comic opera by Mozart. After hearing the first notes of the overture, I realized a fragment from this section was used in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when Willy Wonka, played by Gene Wilder, was entering the code to get into the chocolate room.
The third woman was introduced in this section, who was Melina Pyron. Her voice was deeper than the other two women.
The women sung together in different songs, portraying the characters in the specific storyline that went along with the opera. It was humorous seeing how they interacted together. Sometimes, one of the women would scowl or pout at the other, while the other would just smile and laugh toward the audience.
The next section of music was from the opera La Clemenza Di Tito and is a serious opera by Mozart. The overture was peaceful, though, compared to the other two, not as catchy in my opinion. After this section was an intermission.
Upon returning, music selections from the opera Cosi Fan Tutte were introduced. The overture was extremely catchy, probably my favorite piece throughout the whole performance. It felt like some sort of grand adventure.
At the end of the performance, there was an encore, decided upon by Chagnard who wanted to thank all of his supporters and season pass holders. The song of choice was Zu Hilfe! Zu Hilfe! from The Magical Flute opera by Mozart. It was sung by all three women, the only occasion they all sung together. For humor, the conductor requested a volunteer from a man that would come onto the stage to sit in a chair so the women could ‘flirt’ with him while singing the song. An older man was selected and the women circled around the chair and stroked his arms, shoulders and hair, giving one another nasty looks as they wanted him to themselves. This led to an easy standing ovation and the end of the show.
I was pleased with the whole experience and would go again. For those who think they are not interested in opera, I’d suggest to at least give it a chance. All of the women opera singers were incredible and confident whenever they stepped onto the stage.
I would give it: 5/5 stars
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