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Opera-tunity knocks

TimkennedyTo our ears comes the welcome news that Buffalo Opera Unlimited has a new production in the works. It is Gounod's "Faust," and it will be performed at Buffalo State College's Rockwell Hall on 8 p.m. Sept. 21 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23.

Tim Kennedy, the head of Buffalo Opera Unlimited (pictured at left) would like to remind opera fans, and we are legion, that his company has been around for 27 years and although they do not have the resources for a production every year, they are alive and well.

It is understandable that a production a year would be tough to swing.

Someone once said, "Opera is the most expensive endeavor in the world, with the possible exception of war." Who was that who said that?

Whatever, Googling it, I found a list of quotes about opera including a great quote from Rochester-born soprano Renee Fleming.

Let me cut and paste:

"I think opera has gained a kind of glamorous appeal. It's a live performance that aligns all of the arts, and when it is represented in the media, in film in particular, it is presented as something that is really a special event, whether it's a great date or something that's just hugely romantic"

And one more zinger from Miss Fleming:

"Opera is really fun."

Ha, ha! Well said.

See you at "Faust"!

-- Mary Kunz Goldman




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