The orchestra, comprised of two violins, viola, two cellos and a harpsichord were playing the chaconne from King Arthur. After the audience was seated, the Rev. Dr. Jason Parkin stood before us and read a passage from Samuel, in a sense providing us with the plot of what we were about to see. A screen was lowered and a 16mm black and white film showing coronation ceremonies, military processions, weird looking old women and more were shown, illustrating the story of Saul's ascent as king and his banishment of witches from the kingdom.
Congratulations Urban Opera- not only have you come up with another winner, but this was wholly original, exciting, and like last year's Dido, is probably going to be talked about for a long time. This production confirms the company is no fluke. So let's have some more and please don't make us wait another year before you do something else. Bay Area opera lovers can only hope in vain that the big company at the War Memorial would do something this interesting and well-executed.