This week I got the chance to explore “IUMusicLive!“. This platform allows anyone to see live recordings as well as on-demand recordings of performances hosted by the Jacobs School of Music from the past year. I decided to watch an opera called La Traviata.
This opera is a love story among the protagonist Violetta and her love interest Alfredo. In an effort to find and be in a loving relationship, Alfredo confesses his love to Violetta. The only catch is that Violetta has a history of being sick with tuberculosis. Though she was not ill at the time he confessed, Alfredo’s affection for her extended back to a time when she was unwell. Compelled by love, Violetta takes Alfredo, and they run away together to enjoy their union. Soon after, the couple faces hardship when family members speak against their relationship. Alfredo’s father sought to break up the couple and succeeded. But in the end, the couple reunites only to have Violetta die shortly after.
Watching this performance was really interesting, and I enjoyed it. My experience was different because the opera was not in English at all—so that was new for me, but it was still entertaining. The pit orchestra was great, as well as the singers.
I’ve only been to one opera at the MAC in the past and that was when I went to go see the Steve Jobs Opera. Watching that performance was also really cool and entertaining. Seeing the show live, hearing the beautiful voices of all of the actors, and taking in the staging and scenery of the opera was amazing. It was also my first opera show ever, and afterward, I was excited to see more.
This time around, I was not able to see the show live, but I was able to access this event through “IUMusicLive!“. This is helpful because it allows me to stay connected and engaged with art performances on campus.
Overall, this opera was a great watch, and I recommend everyone to see it. Not only watch this one, but explore the other performances on “IUMusicLive!“, including the department events.