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A Night at the Opera

January 29, 2012


Words fail to describe

an evening like this evening.

Amazing, wonderful, fabulous – all perfectly fine and worthy words

and yet

they miss the depth and the breadth

of the emotions drawn forth.

They miss the universal truths,

the things that relate to me,

to you, to all of us.

be careful. she believes you.

Set in Japan, sung in Italian,

costumed and produced as though it were written today

instead of more than a hundred years ago,

alive, vibrant, dynamic; lush and spare at the same time.

Tragedy, deceit,

undying love for a man

and a child

and honor,

this odd notion that death with honor is better

than life without,

explored to its inevitable end.

Nothing wrong with plucking a few wings.

Passion, betrayal, faith, sacrifice

all present and accounted for

and as she died on stage,

as she died for love, for honor

for a better life for her child

I wondered…who would among us would do the same?

Who among us would do differently?


Thanks to the Knight Foundation, I was privileged to see Madama Butterfly presented by Opera Carolina. It was a beautiful production and a stunning introduction to opera.

The translation on the screen above the stage definitely helped with understanding what was happening, but that just enhanced and already moving and emotional experience. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity.

Madama Butterfly was both a part of My Creative Year 2012 and the beginning of my 40th birthday year celebration. It was a great night with a wonderful friend, unspeakably wonderful dinner and the opera…well…I can’t say more than I already have.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2012 6:40 am

    Shannon, I’ve never been to an opera. After reading your post, I’d like to go. So glad you had a great time! I hope you were able to wear a fabulous pair of shoes:)

    • January 30, 2012 11:02 am

      You should definitely go! It was wonderful!

      I bought fabulous shoes but the foot was having NONE of that, so ballet flats it was. Sigh. Maybe next time! 🙂

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