Thursday, May 17, 2012
Measha sings Bess
Measha Brueggergosman is on the cover of Opera News this month because she is singing Bess at the Cincinnati Opera from June 28 to July 8.
One picture is not enough. As you can see, Measha has transformed into a babe.
Measha is a Canadian and doesn't necessarily care about attitudes in the USA. She obviously loves her natural hair, and when asked about racism in Porgy and Bess replies, "Well, who cares?" She understands why someone would ask the question, but, "Obviously from my perspective, I don't care. I think that the music is so strong and the story--whether [the creators] were black or not-- is absolutely essential.... I'm not going to apply a standard to Porgy and Bess that I don't apply to other repertoire. That just cheapens the work." Thank you, Measha. However one regards the characters, it's still the greatest of all American operas.
She's been having some health problems. We wish her well. When I first came across her at a recital in Berkeley she wasn't doing opera. I'm glad she's changed her mind.