Tuesday, April 18, 2017
A to Z Challenge: October and Opera
October 1981 was a very good month, yet a very hard month for DH and I. I was committed to leaving my future DH behind so I could serve as a missionary, but we had one last month to spend time together. I was living at my Aunt's house in our college town for several weeks as I finished up my job at Bridal Veil Falls, and we spent almost every evening together. We attended football games, a Christopher Cross concert, and our college Homecoming Dance. We toured the new Jordan River Temple during the month-long open house, along with over a half million other people. We had parties and gatherings with family and roommates and friends. And on the Friday before I was to enter the Missionary Training Center DH and I had one of our last dates for a year and a half and attended the opera.
Carmen, the famous opera by French composer Goerges Bizet was my first exposure to this art form. I was familiar with much of the music, but had never seen the production before. It was impressive, and I was grateful for the written program that helped me to follow the story line as soldier Don Jose' leaves his childhood sweetheart and abandons his military duties as he is seduced, and then rejected by the Gypsy Carmen, who then dies a tragic death.
Opera still is not my favorite form of entertainment, but I can appreciate the music and the talents and abilities of the performers. What is your experience with Opera?