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What better place to hear opera than in Lucca, the birthplace of Puccini.  Mid afternoon we all piled into the car for the drive down the mountain. (It seems we are always in the process of driving up or down the mountain).  Some drives are what I call 1/2 dramamine drives, others require the whole tablet. I was encouraged that this was a matinee and that we would make it back home before the sun set and not to have to traverse the winding roads after dark.  Not so.  The Italians are passionate about their music and so instead of seeing one opera, we saw two.   The opere took place at Teatro del Giglio, an important theater in Lucca, that has hosted amazing artists throughout its 300 year history; the most notable artist being Giacomo Puccini.

This afternoon’s concert featured  Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci.

Allora, stirring as the performances were, it was still not enough to lessen the knot in my stomach as we drove the road back up the mountain without even  benefit of the moonlight.

Have you ever seen an opera in Italy?  What was your experience

Italian vocabulary

opera – work

opere – works

stagione lirica – opera season

allora – therefore, in that case

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