Tuesday, January 13, 2009
My sister and I went to another live Metropolitan Opera broadcast last Saturday. We saw Puccini's rarely performed La Rondine (The Swallow). The two female lead characters are Magda and Lisette. I've named this little dolly after Lisette because to me she looks more like a Lisette and than a Magda.
There were some technical sound and picture glitches in this broadcast which were distracting and occurred at the most inoppertune (pun in there?) times. The whole first act appeared in sepia tones which at first I thought was intentional because the setting was in the 1920s. But when Acts II and III were in full colour, I realized we had been cheated out of seeing what must have been glorious colours of the opulent First Act set and costumes. Considering that the cost of admission was way more than the price of a regular movie ticket, I wasn't pleased.
But the people at the theatre were great and gave each one of us, as we were filing out, a free admission pass to the next opera broadcast. That made up for everything.
I had no travel plans for this year but life has a way of interfering with plans and non-plans. We are going back to Estonia in May to see my half-sister, who has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. We are hopeful that she will recover. If she doesn't, I would not want to miss the chance to see her again.
It's supposed to be very cold for the next few days. I won't want to go out anywhere. I would just like to relax in the warm house and stitch up some new things.