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Courtney Arnold August 4, 2009 MUL 2010 - Hoffer 5030 The Phantom of the Opera Concert Report 3 Word Count: 1, 517 “I gave you my music, made your song take wing, and now how you've repaid me: denied me and betrayed me.” -- Phantom of the Opera In all my years, I had never watched an opera and I really had no desire to. They seemed from a distance to be rather loud and boring. Along with that assumption was the fact that in and around Gainesville there are not many venues that stage and produce operas that I know of. I could not find any other performances around town to see and I did not have much time to look around in nearby cities like Orlando or Tampa. I decided to watch a movie to cover this last concert report. I asked my best movie-buff friend what she thought was an interesting movie musical that I would be able to tolerate long enough to write a detailed report on. My friend suggested Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera”. At first, I was very hesitant because watching a musical like West Side Story is one thing but a whole two hour opera seemed a bit much. She assured me that it would keep my interest and that I would enjoy it. It was a passionate love story and she loved it. I was skeptical…but I gave it a shot and was rewarded with a wonderful experience of passion and power, melancholy and heartbreak. To my surprise, I found it astounding! So astounding, I watched it twice!! All the “flash forwards” to Paris in 1919 were quite confusing. Even after watching it twice, I still have not figured out what was exactly going on. In the beginning, there is an auction taking place. In the first lot of the auction is a clapping monkey from the 1870s. An elderly man in a wheelchair bids on it and wins. A slightly younger women attempted to outbid him, but she let the man win. I am not sure of the significance of this scene or action but I assume I may have missed something in regards to the flashback. It’s what happens next that caught my attention. The famous “Dum-dum dum dum dum-dum,” musical mantra plays as the chandelier is raised and illuminates the old theater in flashing back to 1870. Those famous
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2011 for the course MUL 2010 taught by Professor Goldblatt during the Summer '06 term at University of Florida.

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