Tales of two opera companies
Arrived early for the opening performance of âMan of La Manchaâ at the Saratoga Opera House on July 8, in the amphitheater of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, I went through the excellent program essays on âDon Quixoteâ by Cervantes. , the theme of the summer season. “Quichotism,” I have learned, is a term for anything that is overly idealistic, optimistic, and impractical. It sounds like a good description of an opera company.
Like so many of our intrepid arts organizations, Opera Saratoga has strived to deliver a 2021 season that would be safe for artists and patrons. Temporarily abandoning their intimate home at Spa Little Theater, the troupe had no trouble filling the vast amphitheater with music, thanks to substantial amplification assistance. Thanks to social distancing with the ticketing (no longer mandatory but still apparent), the spacing of audience members made the substantial crowd appear even larger than it was and also allowed lines of sight. formidable.