Egregious Self-Promotion From the Huffster


Atlanta Opera’s ‘La Boheme’ – review at the critic’s blog:

“…Philosopher Colline gets a haunting song near the end, which bass-baritone Alfred Walker delivered with youthful fortitude(…)Steve Huff and John Davies made the most of their brief walk-on parts…”

For one thing, John Davies, who plays dual roles, bass character parts Benoit, the Bohemian’s landlord, and Alcindoro, Musetta’s wealthy, elderly lover, is a complete pro with years in the business – he’s sung with Domingo and I don’t know who else. To get mentioned in the same sentence with John, who is very entertaining to boot, is awesome. Alfred Walker is a remarkably talented young bass – I guess I can say he’s young, he’s 3 years younger than me. Alfred’s vocal technique is nearly flawless, to my ears and eyes.

I only had two freakin’ lines. The version you read above is not the same as the newspaper’s printed version, alas, but I don’t even care. Of course this link is going out to everyone I can think of.

Just two lines. Damn…I can think of a lot else to say, but what I quoted above is enough.

You’ve only got one more chance to come see Boheme – tomorrow, Sunday, February 13, 2005, at 3. There are negatives in the review I linked, but I think the positives, including the fact that Boheme is a great “first” opera for neophytes, and the sound of the Atlanta Opera Chorus, which is a force of nature – I can say that now that I’m not a member anymore.

(I have a new blog in addition to my personal one – – it’s exclusively devoted to “true crime” stories, often, but not always, with a local twist.)

1 Comment so far

  1. Anna (unregistered) on February 17th, 2005 @ 2:40 pm

    That is really cool! Congratulations!

    I read your blog because I’m moving to Atlanta in the fall to go to Candler and like getting a feel for the place that I have visited so many times but never lived.

    One of the things my husband is looking forward to the most is the opera. Someone said you can get student discounts at the last minute if seats are left. I plan to show him this and I know he will be tickled for you as well.

    We knew La Boheme was playing and couldn’t get up there at all and he was so disappointed. I’ve never even been to the opera, so as you said, it would have been a good one to start with. Oh well, hopefully by next year I’ll be an opera virgin no more.


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