Just like Pagliacci did

March 14, 2009

My Friend treated me to my first live opera experience last night. We went to see Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci, featuring Teatro Lirico D’Europa (European opera touring company). I enjoyed it very much.

We had a bit of a retiree reunion at the Opera House. Three former co-workers were there, one of whom is in her seventies and looks amazing.

Not much else has been happening, except that our washing machine needed to have the timer and a belt replaced. This has been a particularly bad month financially, with the $940 gas & electric bill, $162 for the furnace, and now $222 for the washing machine, not to mention the new car payment plus insurance. Oh my aching pocketbook.

The repairman just left, and I have a lot to do, so, in the words of the immortal Porky Pig, “Th-th-th-that’s all folks!”

Reading: March by Geraldine Brooks

Song of the Day:  Tears of a Clown by Smokey Robinson

10 Responses to “Just like Pagliacci did”

  1. mercystreet said

    That is cool you got to go the opera.
    Why is that everything bad has to happen at the same time?

  2. Sharon said

    Pagliacci reminds me of that Seinfeld episode. Beware of the clowns!

  3. Stefani said

    That’s how expenses go, I think, when it rains, it pours! Bummer.

    Thanks so much for the lovely dragonfly birthday card!! I appreciate your thoughtfulness.


  4. terri t. said

    Hope you soon find that pot of gold so things are not so financially difficult.

    And I loved the Looney Tunes clip…..

  5. LeAnn said

    Great to hear from you. It’s been a while. I know absolutely nothing about opera. I bet it’s pretty cool. Was it in the city? That Porky Pig clip was very cute, btw.

  6. Michael said

    I’ve only seen a live opera twice, and both of them were “La Boheme.” The first was the Baz Luhrmann production that I saw in San Francisco, and the other was a concert version here in town. But I’ve rented opera DVDs and always enjoyed them. The subtitles and supertitles make a big difference. I’m glad you got to go.

  7. LA said

    Opera! Total coolness. Now if that money tree would just start producing… ~LA

  8. Sasha said

    I’ve only been to one live opera. I saw Madama Butterfly and Placido Domingo was the director. I want to go again very badly, I absolutely love opera!

    I’m sorry your bills have been so heinous lately. Why does everything have to come in a torrent all at once? I just hate that.

  9. I’ve never been to an opera…sounds like fun though!

    Sorry to hear about the bills pouring in. It seems like most people are in the same boat. Did I hear someone say “bailout!”?

  10. Jim said

    Once upon a time I thought that I didn’t care all that much for opera — but I really only knew it through television and radio, had only seen live opera once (and that was a performance of a lightweight operetta being performed for school kids). Then friends persuaded me to come with them to a workshop performance of noted arias from a variety of operas — performed in their rehearsal studio, bare stage with perhaps a few props although the singers were in costume, no orchestra, just piano accompaniment — and from the very first I was absolutely captivated — It was an eye-opening (and ear-opening?) experience. I literally had goosebumps. I went to many operas over the years that we lived in Binghamton — the TriCities Opera was a full professional company — think of them as developing singers for opera companies such as the NY Met the same way a triple AAA team supplies future stars to the major league teams. (One of the few regrets I have about having moved to Rhode Island is that we do not have an opera company of that caliber around here.)

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