The Opera at IU: Albert Herring

American poet, Maya Angelou once stated, "I believe that every person is born with talent".  I wholeheartedly agree. However, when it came to distributing musical talent, the talent fairy skipped right over me.  I have a fair amount of talent: I am really good at making vegetables taste good, technology comes pretty easily to me, and I can run real far, but music... Alas, I am surprised my neighbors haven't called the cops when I sing in the shower thinking that I am being kidnapped against my will.

You get the idea- I am far from musically talented.  So, the fact that Bloomington oozes with musical talent is basically the greatest thing ever.  (Well, maybe second greatest, the highly cultural array of restaurants takes first, but could be like 19 other posts.)

I had the opportunity to see "Albert Herring", an opera put on by IU's music program, earlier this month at the Buskirk Chumley Theater.  The production was hilarious.  The cast performed wonderfully, I have never seen such a high-energy performance of opera.  Not to give too much away, but the whole show was laden with mischievous innuendo and the vicar (priest) wore sequins... silver, sparkly sequins.  Not to mention, the whole show built upon an innocent, virginal young man getting completely trashed for the first time, after having received an entire celebration honoring his virtuousness.  Both the opera itself and the music were simply phenomenal.  This cultural opportunity is just a tiny example of all the awesome musical offerings of IU, and at only $12 for a student ticket I can’t wait for even more.

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