The Week in Entertainment
A mixed week - slow start, crammed middle, and busy weekend!
Live: Two operas - went up to the Met for Thomas Adès' The Tempest, with Simon Keenlyside (for whom the role was written) singing an angry, vengeful Prospero and Audry Luna dazzling as an Ariel whose voice ranges well into the very top of a soprano's range, spiky and unhuman... I wasn't totally crazy about the staging - La Scala? Except that in Act II we're in a forest and on a beach? What the heck? I don't get what the point was. Also, sorry, but the first act was unattractively scored and the libretto was, well, trite throughout (They are so noble and so grand and I am loved by Ferdinand) - though possibly many Italian and French libretti are as trite, I don't know. Anyway, the cast was brilliant and the singing masterful. That said, this afternoon's La Bohéme at the Lyric in Baltimore was much more to my taste, a really beautiful production.
DVD: Babul, in which Amitabh Bachchan decides his widowed daughter-in-law deserves a second chance at love, which sparks anger from his more traditional relatives, including his older brother - and his own beloved wife.
TV: Watched a couple of old Spencer Tracy movies (Inherit the Wind, The People Against O'Hara, Judgement at Nuremburg) and The Terminal with Tom Hanks, which was a pleasing story.
Read: Sungudogo, which was quite entertaining right up to the very end, where the big twist was - imo - unfounded and silly. Your mileage may well vary on that. The Marrying Kind, a very engaging book about a gay wedding planner who decides he can no longer support an institution he's barred from - which is fine until his sister decides to marry his partner's brother.