Once upon a time I went to a show and it was called Shadows, Stories and Songs. It was two short pieces: The Guest at the Sevillano Inn by Jacinto Guerrero with a libretto by Enrique Reoyo and Juan Ignacio Luca de Tena and Master Peter's Puppet Show by Manuel de Falla. Both were based on writing by Miguel de Cervantes. Melissa Segarra directed The Guest at the Sevillano Inn and Myra Su directed Master Peter's Puppet Show. The first one was about a man named Juan Luís (Jesús Alfredo Jiménez Jiménez) and he was in love with this woman named Raquel (Alana Grossman), who was a beautiful maiden. But an evil man (Daniel Johansen) kidnaps her and Juan Luís has to go and rescue her. The second one was a shadow puppet show about a woman who was locked up in a tower and a man stole a kiss from her so he was dragged away and put in jail. But then her husband comes and rescues her and they ride away on a horse. I think it is a good idea to have low-budget opera because then people who can't afford to see the Lyric Opera show could come and see this.
I thought that all the singers were talented and had nice voices. I felt like that was a really good aspect of the show. The music actually sounds like you are in an actual opera house. I preferred the music of The Guest at the Sevillano Inn more than Master Peter's Puppet Show. I thought there was a lot more variety in the first one; it had more different kinds of songs that I liked. In the second one, I felt like the music was a little more repetitive and had less humor. My favorite song was from the first one: Si tu fueras pastora. It was all about sheep! It was sung by Rodrigo (Joachim Luis), the squire of Juan Luís, and Constancica (Erin Moll,) the maid at the inn. I felt like the song was funny and they kept making the sheep noises, which I thought was pretty funny. It is like the funniest, cutest little love song ever. I thought it was great that the comic relief characters had a song together. Rodrigo was my favorite character. I thought that he was very good and funny.
People who would like this show are people who like good singing, low-budget opera, and sheep. I think it is cool that they are doing these shows that aren't done very often and share them with people all over the city.
Photos: Dan Johanson