Brief Encounter

Being a huge fan of David Lean and his film Brief Encounter, I rushed to see a theatre production that was sort of a beautiful love letter to the film at St. Ann’s Warehouse this week. I’d been wanting to see this production ever since I had heard it won an Olivier award after it ran in London this year.
And it didn’t let me down. Simply put, one of the best pieces of theater I saw all year, and it made me want to see the movie again.

In every human being, a divine spark.

After seeing Puccini’s one-act opera Gianni Schicchi at the Met last weekend, I was reminded of just how beautiful the aria ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’ is.  It’s absolutely body shivering divine – the best minute of the opera.  I wonder sometimes if composers know exactly when they’ve struck it – that golden melody that will play and thump upon the heart strings of millions for centuries.  It must have been a moment of uncontainable joy.  And to do it over and over again like Puccini did!  Unfathomable really.  When I searched for a video of this aria, I came across tons of Maria Callas, and I was reminded of how lovely and elegant she was. Here she is, in her element. The joy she gets from performing is palpable.