Developing a taste for opera

This weekend was a whirlwind romance with opera. Two operas in two days, and now I've fallen in love with it. They were right - everything sounds better in Italian! <laugh>

I liked both Rigoletto and La Traviata, and was thrilled to finally be able to match familiar arias with images.

Penelope (the woman controlling the surtitles) asked us which of the two operas we preferred. Of the two, I liked La Traviata's story more than Rigoletto's, although I liked the performance of Rigoletto more. Wayne favors Rigoletto. Penelope told us that she finds that men tend to prefer Rigoletto and women tend to prefer La Traviata, and she joked that La Traviata's considered to be the chick flick of operas.

On further reflection, I think that Rigoletto has more complex tragedies. Still, it's hard to squelch a distaste for the Duke in Rigoletto, who reminds us that pretty boys get away with far too much... <laugh> "La donna e mobile" is a beautiful song, but so cynical!

It's so wonderful to be able to *see* the opera in my head as I listen to the music. Ah, joy...

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