A Night at the Opera
Words fail to describe
an evening like this evening.
Amazing, wonderful, fabulous – all perfectly fine and worthy words
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.
undying love for a man
and a child
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.