February 15: On Coriolanus, Bethany, and The Elixir of Love

On Thursday, an immortal voice was heard;
On Friday, a contemporary one,
On Saturday, an opera absurd,
But filled with gorgeous music, verve, and fun.

Three works that have completely different tones,
But even the historic tragedy
Shares story arcs, some key thematic bones,
And caustic wit with the dark comedy.

Though you may laugh to think these thoughtful plays
Would share a thing with comic opera, yet:
Like Marcius, fickle Adina betrays,
Like Crystal, Nemorino’s hard to get.

Catharsis, laughter, and bleak desperation;
I’m glad art rarely trades in moderation.

William Shakespeare’s  “Coriolanus,” National Theatre Live
Laura Marks’s “Bethany,” Old Globe Theatre
Gaetano Donizetti’s “Elixir of Love,” San Diego Opera

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