I jetted up to Maine yesterday for a “Live in HD” presentation of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. I got caught up with fellow opera fan and friend Faye. I love how the broadcast starts, with a view of the orchestra pit and the sound of the backstage announcer saying “Maestro to the pit, please; Maestro to the pit.”
The opera was intense; an elaborate tale of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. We were crying midway through the second act. Passion, anger, beauty, sadness, and death are all common themes at the opera.
Meanwhile, back in Lisbon Falls, the Christmas lights are still on at The Gazebo.
When I got back to The Coop, I had a message from Faye. She said they need someone to take care of the gardens around The Gazebo.
I’d better get some rest this winter because taking care of that garden sounds like just the kind of opera I love.
“Aunt Tomato, to The Gazebo please; Aunt Tomato to The Gazebo.”