Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Night at the Opera: Italian, Bohemia, and Funny Tweets




Above photos courtesy of The Pavilion


Yo! Sorry I've been MIA recently. I've been spending QT with Mr. TBS (our Memorial Day weekend was packed!), wrapping up my first year of grad school, plugging away at work which has been crazy busy, and getting ready for my trip. Tomorrow can't come soon enough! I'm anxious to get to San Diego (Hello, perfect weather!), but things have been pretty swell around here too. Have I mentioned how nice it is to have great friends here in Houston? It's even better when I see them twice in 48 hours. ;) 

Meg and I tried something a little different recently. We went to the opera (a first for both of us) at The Pavilion in The Woodlands. The Pavilion is a gorgeous outdoor amphitheater that hosts the symphony, the ballet, the opera, and a lot of awesome concerts. A great perk for we frugal folk is that you can watch and picnic on the lawn for free. Meg and I took advantage of the surprisingly nice Houston night air for the Houston Opera's performance of Giacomo Puccini's La bohème. It's about young artists living in Paris in 1830 and the financial struggle and love affairs that come with it.

I have been singing the lyrics of RENT since its Broadway premiere when I was 11, and I have some pretty close ties to the show (more on that later). I always knew it was inspired by La bohème, but I had no idea exactly how much the rock opera mirrored the Italian opera until now. This was very helpful since I don't speak Italian! There were also subtitles on the big screens.

Not only was the cast incredibly talented and the set design colorful and stunning, but Meg and I got a kick out of the live tweets from the audience that were posted on the screens between acts. I think there is a general assumption that the "opera crowd" is boring and uppity, but there were some pretty hilarious and witty tweets.  I think it was really awesome of The Pavilion and the Houston Grand Opera to encourage it. Talk about bridging the gap between 1896 (when La bohème premiered) and 2013! Here are a few gems:




It was a splendid night at The Pavilion!

8 comments:

Whitney Hough said...

We're so glad that you had a great time! The live-tweeting was a hilarious addition to the night and made the opera much more relevant to today!

Lauren said...

The twitter idea was genius!

Oh hello, Love said...

This sounds soooo good! I wonder if Chicago has something similar!! I've been thinking I need to try something new...

Meg O. said...

Live tweeting at the opera? My, the times have changed!! Love me some La Boheme!

Jenn said...

That looks like a blast. Have a safe and wonderful trip!!

thenerdykatie said...

That sounds fun!

Do you watch Smash? In one of the plays they had live tweeting & texting .

Betsy Transatlantically said...

UGH watching opera in an amphitheater sounds AMAZING!

Kari said...

Sounds like a blast! The tweeting is hilarious. High five!