Opera is ostentatious, lengthy and difficult to comprehend if you only speak English -- these are the usual knocks against it. But for Lamour
, none of those slights are true. UMSL Opera Theatre presents romantic scenes from great operas such as Carmen
, La Traviata
and The Tales of Hoffman
that illuminate themes of love, hope and longing. Love is the international language, so youll understand everything, and the individual scenes dont require you to keep up with all the plots and counter plots. As for the ostentation, well, itll still be there -- but only in the performances. And when it comes to love and music, a bit of drama is always nice. Lamour
is performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (February 4 and 5) at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the Univerity of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive and Natural Bridge Road; 314-516-4949 or www.touhill.org
). Admission is free.
Thu., Feb. 4; Fri., Feb. 5, 2010