Six fabulous young opera singers from the Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Program were my guests yesterday at the State Fair. The eager crowd “bravo-ed” and “brava-ed” a selection of Rossini, Donizetti as well as a kind of barbershop styled “O Mio Babbino Caro.” The three low-voiced men even sang a dueling “Toreador” from Carmen. It was a gas!
No one broke character even when a PA system took over or when a few drops of rain threatened to end the fun.
If you’re planning to take in the fair, drop by the MPR booth. I should be preparing just now to introduce Cantus this afternoon – MPR’s new artists-in-residence. But as I sit at my desk, I am glued to our web-cam with the three gubernatorial candidates holding forth – there is one guy talking non-stop….I won’t say who, you’ll have to watch for yourself!