I enjoy doing a lot of things. I’m doing things that I couldn’t be doing when I was working such as taking poetry and choral classes. I love doing counseling to help people. There is one thing I can relax and enjoy without preparation. That is going to concerts, operas or ballets. We purchased season tickets for Broadway shows for three years. Later, we switched to getting season tickets for operas. We also saw seasonal ballet show such as Nutcracker, Swan Lake, or Sleeping Beauty.
I think among everything I’m doing, I’d rather be going to a musical show. Right now, I’m thinking of Swan Lake.
My husband and I had an out of this world experience last Wednesday evening. I’m an opera lover. One of my favorite operas is Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. It’s a love story with a sad ending. Around 1830, in Paris, France, there were a lot of prospective artists who are poor, but happy. Puccini described their ordinary life in his opera.
I always want to go to the opera in The Metropolitan Opera, New York, New York. But it’s a long way to go from California to New York to see an opera. The good news is that since 2006, the Met Opera has made the viewing available through Live in HD around the world. It’s a live transmission in movie theaters, followed by encore showing. The performance of La Bohème at the Met and live transmission was Saturday, February 24; the encore was last Wednesday, February 28.
We went on Wednesday evening and arrived the theater early. After we purchase the tickets, we went to the nearby restaurant to have a nice dinner. Six friends of ours also went to the Wednesday encore presentation. We had a good time viewing the opera as well as socializing with friends.