Saturday, July 27, 2013

365 Inspirations—208: The Opera

"Music conveys moods and images. Even in opera, where plots deal with the structure of destiny, it's music, not words, that provides power.”—Marcel Marceau 

Besides this evening, I've only been to the opera two times in my life and both times were in Korea. One of my co-workers loved opera and always asked if I wanted to come along. Always up for  an adventure, I did just that! I saw The Three Tenors and Tosca. I have to admit, I didn't really follow Tosca because it was in Italian with Korean subtitles and, even though I can read Korean, I don't always know the meaning of what I'm reading.

Tonight's performance was called Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelungs). It was a German Opera performed at McCaw Hall in downtown Seattle. One of Yoon's yoga students gave us free tickets because she plays in the orchestra.

It was fun to get dressed up and go downtown for a show. The traffic was pretty bad both ways, but the performance was worth it.

The opening scene was amazing. There were sea nymphs who were suspended from the stage by wires in a make-believe underwater sea garden. They spun, flipped, dove and swam all while singing opera.

I really enjoyed the performance and we took a number of photos in and around McCaw Hall downtown. Yoon brought 20 bright orange roses for his student who was performing that night.

It was definitely a night I will not forget.

Have you ever been to the opera? Which performance did you see?

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