Just like the rest of the world, we here at San Francisco Opera are anxiously awaiting the return of "Arrested Development" on Sunday. And so, in honor of this momentous occasion, we looked back at the life and times of the family Bluth and put together 14 ways that opera is like "Arrested Development."
COME ON! In opera...
1) THEY HAVE FORBIDDEN CRUSHES
ON FAMILY MEMBERS.
[Sigmund and Sieglinde in our 2010 Die Walkure. Photo by Cory Weaver.]
2) SOMETIMES CIRCUMSTANCES FORCE THEM TO LIVE IN THE ATTIC.
[Marcello, Colline, and Rodolfo in the attic in our 2008 production of La Boheme. Photo by Terrence McCarthy.]
3) THEY HAVE UNFORTUNATE RUN-INS
WITH MARINE MAMMALS.
[Captain Ahab in our 2012 production of Moby-Dick. Photo by Cory Weaver.]
4) BROTHERS SEEM TO FALL IN LOVE
WITH THE SAME GIRL.
[Brothers Manrico and Count di Luna in Il Trovatore. Photo by Cory Weaver.]
5) THEY STORM MAGIC CASTLES.
[Parsifal storms Klingsor's magic castle. Photo from our 2000 production.]
6) FAKING THEIR OWN DEATHS AND
BRIBING THE POLICE WORKS.
[The Cavaradossi leaves Tosca to engage in his 'fake' execution in our 2012 production of Tosca. Photo by Cory Weaver.]
7) BLUE IS THEIR COLOR.
[The Angel from our 2002 production of Saint François d'Assise.]
8) THEY KNOW HOW TO WORK A SET
OF MOVEABLE STAIRS.
AND AVOID HOP-ONS.
[Nixon arrives in China in our 2012 production of Nixon in China. Photo by Cory Weaver.]
9) THEY MAKE HUGE MISTAKES.
[Dr. Caius soon learns he has been tricked into marrying Bardolf in our 1989 production of Falstaff.]
10) WHEN THEY BUILD SOMETHING,
IT'S SOLID AS A ROCK.
[Fafner and Fasolt build Valhalla in our 2011 production of Das Rheingold. Photo by Cory Weaver.]
11) SOME DAYS, THEY JUST HAVE CHARLIE BROWN MOMENTS.
[Director Harry Silverstein and a bird on the set of our 2012 production of The Magic Flute.]
12) ELIXIRS HELP GET THEM THROUGH THE DAY.
[Nemorino receives the elixir of love in our 2008 production of The Elixir of Love. Photo by Terrence McCarthy.]
13) IN ORDER TO GET CLOSE TO WHAT THEY WANT,
SOMETIMES THEY HAVE TO DRESS IN DRAG.
[Cherubino dresses as a woman to get closer to Countess Almaviva in our 2011 production of The Marriage of Figaro. Photo by Cory Weaver.]
14) THEY PUT FAMILY FIRST.
[Romeo goes to war against the entire Capulet clan in our 2012 production of The Capulets and the Montagues. Photo by Cory Weaver.]