Nov 21, 2018

To the Editor:

My husband and I attended the performance of the opera “The Barber of Seville” at Surflight Theatre Saturday. Quite honestly, being patrons of the Metropolitan Opera in New York for the past 30 years, we were not expecting much. We had agreed to attend at a summer party and were now committed.

We arrived on LBI in heavy rains and driving winds – not a day you’d want to be at the beach, but we were committed. The day of the performance was even more gray and dreary – a day you’d like to stay home and watch an old movie on TCM and get to bed early, but we were committed.

Our friends met us at Surflight and I did my best to be positive although I’d have rather been wrapped up in my blankie with a good book. My husband kept reminding me of our commitment. I have to admit I was in a negative mood, having seen Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo play the part of Figaro many years before.

When we arrived I first noted that the scenery was minimal. I was not expecting much, but when the action began, I was mesmerized.

What held me? Not the scenery. A table and a bench. Costumes? Very little. Although Figaro himself was beautifully clad. Music? A pianist who played chords. I wonder if the Met’s greats could have sung without a full orchestra.

The performers were excellent. How wonderful to see such young talent! Congratulations on a job well done! We wish you well. Brava, bravo and bravi!

Helen Fadini

Washington Township, N.J., and Beach Haven



Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.