As stated by Professor Linda on Monday, “the best is yet to come;” and last night proved just that. After a full day of classes, we girls had a chance to get all dressed up and participate in a traditional part of Italian culture, the opera. We were all very excited to see what exactly operas entailed as we sat down to watch the show, Maometto II.
The story is set in the 1470s during a time of war between the Turks and the Venetians and portrays the story of lost love, love for your country, and love for family. I was very quickly amazed by the performers’ abilities to make something so difficult look so easy. None were wearing microphones and even from the third level of the theatre, each note could be heard perfectly.
After the show, we discussed our thoughts on the opera. As we discussed, it reminded me of the famous Pretty Woman quote that Professor Linda had shown us just that morning. It reads:
“People’s reactions to opera the first time they see it is very dramatic; they either love it or they hate it. If they love it, they will always love it. If they don’t, they may learn to appreciate it, but it will never become part of their soul.”
Although some liked the opera more than others, I believe that we all walked away with an appreciation for that part of Italian culture as well as an appreciation for the performers’ talents.