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“Happy Days” at the Mark Taper Forum – Sorrow Keeps Breaking In

For the most part, Ms. Wiest seems to place Winnie’s voice at the upper end of the vocal range giving her a light, airy, pitched tone that all but says, ‘I mean no harm’.  When the emotion takes the character or the story turns on her unexpectedly, a sudden drop into her lower register is more impactful than a sea of tears could ever be and it makes us feel for this poor character that Beckett has trapped in a mound of what feels like years of disappointment.

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 Mass Opera’s Production Of “Die Fledermaus” Is The Life Of The Party

She begins the opera as an uptight TV star concerned with looking perfect, annoyed with her husband for messing with her image. As Orlofsky’s party unfolds, she enters as the mysterious belle of the ball, determined to catch her husband red handed in his infidelity. Ultimately, she engages in a high-energy argument with Einstein resulting in her commitment to being more present rather than so concerned with her image.  

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