Saturday, February 26, 2011

the barber

Remember that part in Moonstruck? Where Cher meets the young and awesome Nicholas Cage at the opera?

I do. I remember thinking, "WOW, what a cool date!!" And I also remember thinking, "Yeah, like I'M ever gonna go to the opera..."

Well, last night, I did!

A few weeks ago, Meego reported that they were learning about opera in his TAG reading class, and that they would have the opportunity to go see an actual opera in a few weeks. What? Sure enough, his teacher sent home a letter about a local special "school night" presentation of "The Barber of Seville". In the meantime, they studied that particular Rossini opera and were offered specially priced tickets to go if they wanted to.

Well, Meego wanted to. The teacher would chaperone, but there were a few tickets available for parents, so I jumped on one myself, and last night was our big "date".

I've never been to an opera before and wasn't sure what to expect. My knowledge of "The Barber of Seville" was limited to a Rossini CD we have and the classic Bugs Bunny rendition.

It was wonderful! And who knew that "The Barber of Seville" has nothing to do with rabbit hunting?!

Anyway, we both enjoyed ourselves and this was something we SO don't do. Got dressed up. Went downtown on a Friday night. To the opera! Some of Meego's school friends of the female persuasion got a kick out of seeing him in a tie. This from the kid who is all t-shirts all the time. Seriously. He will NOT wear buttons, let alone a tie.

But for the opera he did.

It wasn't a young Nick Cage in a tux, but it was still special.


  1. Delightful post!

    Yes, I first became familiar with opera through "Bugs" as well--you can tell those "Looney Tunes" were not made for children, but adults--that's why they only make sense in hindsight!

    I enjoy opera--though mainly the overtures, arias, intermezzi (i.e. everything but the recitative).

    Yet I've only seen one opera in the flesh (Bizet's "Carmen" in Mobile). That was quite enjoyable--so different from seeing opera on a TV or movie screen.

    I'd probably enjoy seeing "The Barber of Seville"--though I'm not certain, since I'd expect the real thing to be as funny as the "Looney Tunes" take (and that would be hard to beat)!

    Glad y'all had a good time!

  2. What a great opportunity for both of you. I'm jealous. Ever since I saw Pretty Woman, I've thought I should see an opera.

  3. That is awesome!

    What did you wear? :)

    Growing up, my mother bought our family season tix to the Pennsylvania Ballet, so I saw many grand performances at the Academy of Music. I think Coppelia was my favorite, though, as it was so colorful.

  4. Wow! How special! Especially with your son. Good for the memory book.

    My first and last opera was 16 years ago at The Kennedy Center in Washington,DC.

    Saw a "large scale" ballet recently: Romeo and Juliet.

    Save that dress - your next opportunity may be just around the corner. :)

  5. I'm ALL OVER fine arts productions - plays, musicals, opera, ballet...LOVE it!!!! I had wanted to take the boys to see "The Nutcracker" and was vetoed this year (due to time and money, sadly).

    If you want to see a neat opera, find out if there's a group doing "Porgy and Bess" in your area. Possibly one of my faves.

  6. Hey, nobody does great opera like Looney Tunes. And remember, it ain't over until the Fat Lady sings.