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Sunday, 6 April, 2014 8:09 PM
'A View from the Bridge' is an unexpected surprise at the Detroit Opera House
Lawyer Alfieri (Ricardo Lugo) and Eddie Carbone (Kim Josephson) in "A View from the Bridge."
DETROIT -- "A View from the Bridge" by Arthur Miller is now playing at the Detroit Opera House from April 5-13, 2014. As you know, he graduated from the University of Michigan and was married to Marilyn Monroe. Miller co-wrote the opera's libretto with Arnold Weinstein.
David DiChiera, founder of the Michigan Opera Theatre, Wayne S. Brown, President & CEO of the Michigan Opera Theatre and William Bolcom, an award-winning composer and Pulitzer Prize winner began the presentation to honor Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan. As she came on stage, the audience stood up with fists raised in the air and sang "Hail to the Victors."
Then afterwards the curtain came up and the opera began. The opera is set in the 1950's in Brooklyn, New York. It tells the story of Eddie Carbone (Kim Josephson) and his wife Beatrice (Beverly O'Regan Thiele) who live in a working-class Italian-American neighborhood underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Catherine (Kiri Deonarine) is Beatrice's niece and also lives with them. Beatrice's two cousins, Rodolpho (Eric Margiore) and Marco (Jonathan Lasch), arrive in America from Sicily. The two men explain that they escaped a life of poverty for the opportunity in America. Marco has a wife and three children in Sicily and Rodolpho is blond, single and according to himself, "a nice face but no money."
Rodolpho has eyes for Catherine, but Eddie is overprotective of her and has his suspicions about him. He thinks Rodolpho wants to marry her to only obtain legal immigration papers. Eddie contacts his lawyer Alfieri (Ricardo Lugo) and he suggests the only way to keep them apart is to call the Immigration Department.
The second act begins when Catherine and Rodolpho are alone in the house for the first time and she reveals that she wants to move to Italy to get away from Eddie. But Rodolpho says he wants to stay in the United States and that he loves her, not America.
Eddie arrives home drunk and finds Catherine and Rodolpho coming out of the bedroom. He dislikes the idea and is left with calling immigration on him. There is a knock on the door, it's immigration. Marco arrives on scene and realizes Eddie was the one who called immigration and a fight ensues. The jealousy, rage, and climatic ending follows.
The production was sung in English with English supertitles projected on a screen above the stage. There was also a 30-minute intermission between the two acts. Michigan Opera Theatre's relationship with the University of Michigan was celebrated on opening night, April 5 which included subsidized tickets for U of M students. The opening night performance was also broadcast live on WRCJ 90.9 FM.
I enjoyed the opera, however I didn't expect the entire play to be sung; maybe some parts, but not all. However, I did enjoy the unexpected surprise. The play was interesting and kept your interest.
OERALL RATING: A
Ticket prices range from $25 to $125. Tickets may be purchased online at www.MichiganOpera.org, by calling 313-237-SING, or in person at the Detroit Opera House (1526 Broadway, Detroit). Tickets may also be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, or by calling 800-745-3000.
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WATCH: Behind the scenes with lyric tenor Eric Margiore as Rodolfo, bass Ricardo Lugo as Alfieri, and the Michigan Opera Theatre chorus as they rehearse "A View from the Bridge"
Soprano Beatrice (Beverly O'Regan Thiele) and Baritone Eddie Carbone in "A View from the Bridge."
Catherine (Kiri Deonarine), Eddie Carbone and Beatrice during a scene in "A View from the Bridge."
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