Raw, adjective: 7. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions
Very little blogging of late because life has been a whirlwind of art and music and opera and dance and cafes and books and sunshine and so on and so forth. Making an effort to catch up. It's nice to see you again.
Tuesday night I had the distinct pleasure of sitting about ten rows back from the orchestra with a bunch of rich aging socialite-types for the opening night of the SF Opera's summer season offering, Porgy and Bess. And dear god, was it worth every extra dollar I shouldn't have spent on those tickets.
Porgy is Gershwin, of course, so I was destined to love it before the curtain went up, but nonetheless: the singing soared, the staging engaged, the sets enthralled, the orchestra sailed, and the standing ovation went on and on. This jewel isn't so often staged, but opera director David Gockley apparently has a soft spot for it, so here we find it, sold out already for its limited June run.
Check out the Chron's review, and try to score a ticket anyway you know how. (Prostitution?? Might be your only bet with this one.)
Opera Review: Powerful 'Porgy and Bess' (SFGate)