Beautiful day today, bright sunlight and few clouds combined with warm temps—high 60s or low 70s, not sure exactly how high. I got a news alert on my cell phone about a record-setting high temp for this date, but of course the alert didn't say what the temp was, and I haven't bothered to look it up yet.
Sonya and I saw the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program's production of Così fan tutte at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue this afternoon.
I was surprised by how small the theater at Meydenbauer is. It seats 410, and the vast majority of those seats were filled in today's matinee performance (the evening performances were sold out entirely)—a couple of seats next to us were empty, and there were a few other empties scattered about. Appreciative audience and the performers did a splendid job.
I was amused by the tiny captioning screen perched atop the stage. I'd guess the stage was 50-60' wide, but the caption screen was maybe 7 or 8', and for those of us close to the stage—we were in row B, stage right—it meant we had to shift our gaze from stage to nearly vertical in order to view the captions. I don't speak Italian, so apart from knowing the basic story of Così fan tutte, if I wanted to see what they were saying I was kinda hosed.
The orchestra was made up of members of the Auburn orchestra (I didn't even know Auburn had an orchestra), and the conductor, Dean Williamson, did a wonderful job.
The woman seated on my right had a great deal of difficulty staying awake. About 20 minutes into the first act, she started nodding off, and her head took a couple of precipitous drops when she descended into a full doze a couple fo times. She never did twitch or snort or anything, however, and I only noticed it because I was right next to her and had to keep my gaze turned in her general direction to see the majority of the stage.
I enjoy opera now and then, but I was struck again by the absurdity of it today. If people wandered around singing their daily lives, the world might be a more entertaining place, but damn if it wouldn't get annoying. Although I imagine we'd also consider plain spoken language to be a high art form in such a world.