May Kwento Ako #9 : La Traviata, an Opera

 

This is the first proper opera that I have watched and it was an enjoyable experience.  So, I didn’t understand a word, a lyric but there’s much to appreciate from this.  Who hasn’t heard of La Traviata?  Well, where I come from, pretty much everybody, I’m afraid.  So, I bought a “song hits”, a lyric sheet, in English.  But I didn’t read it.  One day, I hope.

The venue was small, compared to the modern venues back home or in Asia.  Maybe because venues here are typically multi-purpose : for a basketball game, a rock concert, a political rally built probably in the past 5 – 20 years.   Whereas, this venue was built over a hundred years ago and is used primarily like the way we watch a movie.  I quite liked the size of this theater.  The size of our movie houses/cinema in decades ago.

During those times, there were no movies, of course hence, people looked forward to a opera.  I didn’t understand a word though so I focused my senses on what I could see.  I sat in the middle section which is probably about 10 rows behind the orchestra.  Decent distance.

Luckily, I sat in the middle of a nice, young couple from Sweden and France who lived in the French border near Liechtenstein to my left and a lady from the South of England who was a member of the Academe that focused in the Arts and Design.  What an interesting mix we had that we had a nice chat that evening.  And well, none of them understood a word either but that is not always the point of Entertainment.  Right ?

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