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Pocket Opera: 2 Operas!

San Franciscan small opera company, Pocket Opera, has surprised audiences all over the Bay Area numerous times. With their unforgettable artistic director Donal Pippin and wondrous cast of young and talented musicians, Pocket Opera thrives for 38 years through the duration of which Donal Pippin has not ceased being Artistic Director. This time, two operas were combined into one opera-go, Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci and Suppé's My Fair Galatea.

I Pagliacci, being the first one to be performed, was truly a tear-inducer. J Raymond Meyers, performing the main role of Canio, convinced the audience of his inner pain and suffering with the mere tone of his voice. Although Canio is not really a legitimate victim, to a certain degree, it was hard not to feel his pain as Mr. Meyer sang the famous aria, Vesti La Giubba. Alexandra Sessler, singing Nedda, also led the audience to tears with her emotional presence throughout the entire piece. Tonio, sung by Ben Brady, the actual evil character. Despite the fact that Canio was capable of murder, none of this would have happened if Tonio hadn't been a total butt and told on the lovers. Mr. Brady succeeded at tricking the audience into thinking that he was harmless until the very end. Jacob Thompson, singing the role of Beppe, was a good supporting character. Daniel Yoder, performing the role of Silvio, demonstrated his skills in both singing and acting. 

I particularly enjoyed the set and costumes in this production of Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci at Pocket Opera.

The next opera performed was Suppé's My Fair Galatea. I had never heard this opera before and was quite curious to see what this was. J Raymond Meyers starred in this as Pygmalion, Liesl McPherrin was Galatea, Michael P. Mendelsohn was Midas, and Elana Cowen was Ganymede. My Fair Galatea was less exciting than I Pagliacci, but it was very interesting. The story was bizarre, but it was still nice seeing it. And it was a nice comic relief after the drama and tragedy of I Pagliacci.

Pocket Opera provides a very entertaining and fun opera-going experience as well as a serious look at the craft of opera and performance.



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