Tragedy is no stranger to the opera. It is instead an unwelcomed guest. In Gounod’s well known masterpiece, death leaps onto the stage in full bloom seeking whom it may devour. Nothing ventured is no longer applicable here in this setting as families argue in an embittered ongoing rant against the pairing of two young lovers who long for each other unto death itself. The mystery lies not in the stars but in the most ubiquitous way that these two young lovers adore and fascinate each other. Their emotions are arrayed in an unending hymn of praise for the open hearted love they each carry for the other unto eternity and perhaps beyond. The families are too far involved in their own feud that they are simply drowning in their blinded rage to see where this will lead their children. However, love does reign…perhaps not as the world may see it but as love does and finds a way. See it on Saturday January 21st at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine.
Written by John D’Alessandro
Photo by Susan D’Alessandro