Carousels, costumes and Julius Caesar comes for dinner.
|The loon and the wildcat on the Empire State Carousel|
What a great contrast with the costumes of Papageno and Papagena in this year's Glimmerglass production of Mozart's classic. (see below). Opera director Madeline Sayet is a direct descendant of Chief Uncas, the last of the Mohicans as portrayed in James Fenimore Cooper's novel. She based this production of Magic Flute in the woods around Glimmerglass. Truly a Cooperstown production. Baritone and young artist Ben Edquist produced many laugh out loud moments in this comedy and we especially liked tenor Sean Panikkar as Tamino and young artist, soprano So Young Park got many well-deserved bravas after THE Queen of the Night aria.
|Ben Edquist and Jasmine Habersham. Photo:Karli Cadel|
You've probably noticed a close link between music and food in these blog posts and so you will not be surprised to know I am going to wax lyrical about another restaurant closely associated with Glimmerglass. In over-the-top operatic style I am even going to say it is one of the best I've ever set foot in. The Rose and Kettle in Cherry Valley has close ties to opera - many of the performers dine here after the shows. It was even recommended to me by the former director of the Young American Artist Program at Glimmerglass Opera (we raised a glass to you Patrick). While dining sometimes we stopped talking just to listen to the opera-talk from the other diners.
A delight of a resto, friendly service, unbelievable food, fine cocktails (rosebud margarita anyone?) and a great ambiance. We look up at one point when a fellow diner shouts "Hail Caesar". The talented countertenor John Holiday who sang the role of Julius Caesar in Cato in Utica, has just walked in for dinner. "Sing it all again for us," says my friend. Amid much laughter he graciously accepts our congratulations and wishes us a good evening. A perfect example of how to cope with fans when all you want to do is eat your dinner.
More coming soon .......meanwhile here is a bit of carousel action.