(photo by Michael Cooper)Young Love
by Shannon Christy
This production is a traditional piece which recreates a late 19th century Paris. Set and costume designer David Farley took his cues from Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec images and does a decent job recreating Lautrec’s style with various abstract paintings combined to create a collage of the Parisian atmosphere. There are nice touches such as snow flakes on a cold winter night or the smoke coming out of the wood burning stove but overall the set and costumes definitely felt like déjà vu, which was worrisome in anticipation for the rest of the opera
The action is sometimes timed to match the music and it feels like the orchestra is playing with the characters on the stage echoing the lightness of their young love.