Operagasm Review Rundown: Minnesota Opera’s The Dream of Valentino
Well, look who it is. Mr. James Valenti starring in an opera about a straight up heart-breaker. How fitting. Check out the Operagasm Review Rundown of The Dream of Valentino!
“Here’s the deets:” The storyline follows the rise of the real-life-dancer-turned-silent-film star Rodolfo Valentino, one of the most famous actors of his day and a beloved, if controversial, sex symbol.
“Sounds more like the dream of Valenti”: The titular role in Minnesota Opera’s production is played by James Valenti, a tenor whose tall and dashing looks affably recall the real-life star … This time, though, it’s not Mimi who dies young and in tragic circumstances – it is Valenti’s Rodolfo, with thousands of adoring women to mourn him.”
“You just jealous”: The staging work by Eric Simonson adds much to the visual glamor of this production; combined with Erhard Rom’s film set-based scenic design, it does much to present Valentino as a larger-than-life figure moving through shifting seas of entranced fans and the jadedly jealous.