First of all, it was good. Good music, including the ever popular Va Pensiero
, interesting faux-historical costumes and we had good company.
All day the weather had been grey, but at least when I cam to town it was dry. We met up with friends, had a quick dinner outside and...felt the first few rain drops as we went for some Italian icecream.
We walked back to the market square where they'd arranged some portable walls, portaloos and lots of folding chairs. At the far end there was the stage and a tent where the musicians played. It kept on dripping for a while and we started worrying about all those people putting up umbrellas. Would it be Nabrella rather than Nabucco? Luckily they first announced no umbrellas were permitted during the performance an soon after that messages the rain called it quits.
More surprisingly, it cleared up all together.
The story, losely based on the Jewish exile to Babylon under Nabucco (or as probably more people know him: Nebuchadnezzer) was a typical as any operatic story, crossed lovers, unlawful children, any of you who's been to an opera before knows what I mean.
We also enjoyed our bottle of wine and got a bunch of smiles when I mistimed my pulling the cork which caused the resulting plop
to be rather loud
I took a bunch of pictures, but as we were some 20-odd rows from the stage I fear they will mostly show fuzzy little figures. We'll see...
They ended with a love lovely little encore of Va Pensiero
which had most of the audience singing (or humming) along.
As I was walking to the office this morning it was raining again.
1985 - Spain/France; 1986 - Alpi Orobico; 1988 - Spanish Meseta; 1989 - Pyrenees; 1991 - Turkey; 1992 - Egypt; 1993 - Eastern USA; 1995 - Syria and Jordan; 1996 - India and Nepal; 1999 - China and Tibet; 2000 - Friesland; 2001 - Mexico and Guatamala; 2002 - York; 2003 - Ardennes; 2004 - Delmarva and Idaho; 2005 - Los Angelos.