21 June 2009
Teatro Ángela Peralta
This is only a guess. But I am guessing that I am the only person who was in attendance at Teatro Ángela Peralta this evening who had hand-washed his underwear the previous Saturday afternoon in preparation for the occasion. I know I was the only male who had hand-washed his underwear, and frankly, I did not see any women who looked like they had hand-washed their's, but women's appearances can be tricky that way.
This theater was built in 1914, and it is cuter than a bug's ear. I really enjoyed finally seeing the interior.
The eleven contestants singing tonight were finalists chosen from some 130 Mexican singers. I do not know how the 130 were chosen. Perhaps they just sent in a slip of paper and entered the contest. I simply do not know. However, these eleven were extraordinary.
Not everyone is interested in this. I shall make it brief. The contestants each sang one aria from this or that opera, and then we had an intermission. The contestants then each sang another aria from a different opera of their choosing. This is coed competition. There is no men's division and women's division.
A soprano named Linda Gutiérrez won the competition. Her first aria was from an opera by Dvorák, Rusalka. This was very interesting to me. I had never heard of the work. But then for her second offering she went to the “Vissi d'arte,Vissi d'amore” aria from Tosca and just tore it up. It brought tears to my eyes.
I had to take in a little mariachi afterward on the plaza just to loosen back up a little before heading home.