Moonlight serenades and vows of revenge

Il Trovatore is halfway through its run and seats are available. The orchestra has never sounded better and the choruses are large and full-voiced. The evening performances begin at 7:30 and run so quickly that it’s possible to catch a bus after the performance.And there’s an afternoon performance today at 3 in the afternoon. The music is beautiful from one end of the opera to the other, and sometimes it’s thrilling and sometimes there’s a bit of muffled sniffling to be heard among the audience. All this, even with the sets originally meant for the production submerged and ruined in New Orleans and even with last-minute substitutions in the cast. As the plot resolved itself, there were gasps of surprise from members of the audience unfamiliar with the story, and that says something about the stage direction. Learn more by calling 472-5992. There were lots of people on dates picking up last-minute tickets at the will-call window and there were busloads of music-lovers from Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. The wine bar was busy and the crowd was informal and very convivial. The acoustics are fine in all seats, even the cheapie ones; parking is free.

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