Monday, October 17, 2011
Opera and Wool
One of the reasons Mom was so excited when I said I was coming down for the weekend is that she had tickets to the movie-opera and her friend couldn't go that day. Now the facts are that I don't like watching Opera (sorry Robin) - as it puts me to sleep and I don't understand it and my mom used to sing aria's after we went to bed as kids and they put me to sleep..and I once watched her in an opera when I was about 4 (Tosca) and she JUMPED off the building at the end - out of sight - and I was a bit shocked.
So...part of me wanted to say "nah - I don't want to go" but the kinder side of me said "sure". Mom adores opera, and was so pleased to have someone to go with.
This opera is a live movie feed from the Met in NYC and it was GREAT! I can't get over the fact that I enjoyed it so much, but you got to see the costumes up close, and the expressions on everyone's face and the scenery details. And there were interviews with the principles and conductor - and it had subtitles...so you knew what was going on.
We saw "Anna Bolena" and of course, it's a tragic story how ever you see it. Most of what I don't like about opera is that it's all tragic, and suicide and killing plus not understanding what was really going on! But I was very pleasantly surprised to see and enjoy this movie - gave a whole new dimension for me. I did take a little nap (well, I did get up at 3:00 am to catch an early flight to florida) but most of it I watched. So...I might just go again.
During intermission I pulled out my knitting and clattered away. I'm working on a sweater with a wonderful cranberry colored wool, and it's all garter stitch and box stitch, so it has heft and body. I'm only 1/4 of the way thru the back, but I love the feel of it, and it's on my favorite needles.
Pretty good weekend...now I'm crashing and going to bed.