Helios Early Opera’s production of Pimpinone at Good Life Bar in Boston featured snappy, tuneful music, a short, straightforward story and a lighthearted performance, all at a stylish yet simple venue. You can read my review of this great performance in The Boston Musical Intelligencer.
So given all the laughs and lightness, of course this is one of the most important performances of its kind.
The fact is that if this music is ever going to be seen (and supported) as anything more than the diversion of an elite, it needs imaginative choices of repertoire and venue as well as energetic interpretations, just like what Helios offered on Saturday night.
Please enjoy my coverage, and believe me, I wish you could have been there.