Bravo! Brava!

To the Editor:

I am an opera enthusiast and have enjoyed many performances by professionals over the years. When I read in the paper about the Ridgecrest Opera Build’s upcoming performance, “Random Acts of Opera,” I was excited but understandably dubious. Who knew we had an opera guild? Opera in Ridgecrest? . . . and at the USO Building? Really?

Nevertheless, I quickly acknowledged that this local performance was not only better than nothing but that the price was right, so I bought a ticket. Was I ever surprised! This troupe of locals repeatedly wowed and amazed me throughout the evening. I couldn’t believe the talent. And the acoustics of this old building were surprisingly very good. The evening included performances by the RC Opera Build Orchestra conducted by Marla Cosner and arias, duets and choruses from “The Magic Flute,” “La Bohème,” “Rigoletto” and “Tosca” performed by the guild members.

Thank you, David Hodgson and Tim Little for making this happen in our little town, and thank you to all the performers who gave us an eve-ning of pure delight. I’m looking forward to many more such evenings.

If you are a stranger to opera and are interested in gaining an appreciation of this 400-year-old art form and the voice as an instrument, consider attending one of this guild’s performances. I know I’ll be there.

Sandie Lane

Story First Published: 2013-03-27