Thursday, July 14, 2011

Storm Did Not Scare Off Opera Fans at Brooklyn Bridge Park Wednesday Night

Who says opera is dead? The beautiful singing at last night's Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital was appreciated by hundreds (thousands?) at Brooklyn Bridge Park (and also folks who gathered along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, some with opera glasses). Tenor Dimitri Pittas completed his set before the rain began.

As Angela Meade, soprano, and Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano, began a lovely duet (with Bradley Moore on piano), drops started to fall and umbrellas opened.

The singers finished a number in spite of the wind which was starting to whip their hair, umbrellas and ground coverings.

The skies opened up and some of the audience started to head for the hills. Production crew speaking into their walkie-talkies: "Turn off the power." "No, leave the power on."

But wait! After just a few minutes the rain tapered off -- and a rainbow stretched across the sky, from the Watchtower to the Hotel St. George.

Most of the audience, soaking wet, wrung out their clothes and came back. The performers reassembled and the show went on.

The sopranos' beautiful duet could be heard up on the Promenade, along Columbia Heights, and throughout Brooklyn Heights.

Photos copyright MK Metz

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