Mike O'Neill 1 
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Re: “Spoleto’s premiere of 'Farnace' brings a cinematic scale to the theater

I attended Farnace last night at the Dock St Theater, my first opera since moving to Charleston two years ago. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the production which featured fantastic singing, powerful dramatic acting, and exciting theatrical stage elements. I applaud Spoleto for constructing such quality performing arts in this awesome small city.

However, I do have some level of frustration with the production that I wish to share. The director, Garry Hynes, made a major gender change to the opera that seemed overly gratuitous, political, and quite honestly, not necessary. In my opinion, Ms. Hynes took too much poetic license with the love interest between Selinda and Gilade which I'm sure might have made Vivaldi take pause. Gilade, who is a captain of the Roman army, is a cast as a women in this production. She and Selina become lovers who eventually save Farnace, Tamiri, their son and bring peace and harmony back to Rome.

Regretfully, this is not the story and was literally an unnecessary adulteration of a classic that has been around for nearly 300 years. Gilade is a man (hero) and Selinda (heroine) is a woman. Major difference...hero is thus deleted and replaced by two heroines. OK...

Other than what felt like a needless LGBT agenda being forced upon us, the production was truly very good, entertaining, and quite enjoyable. Well worth attending!

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Posted by Mike O'Neill 1 on May 30, 2017 at 7:49 AM
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