Wrapped in Sound

July 12, 2009

Salome with lightning bolt

It’s 1:30 AM — yep — cannot remember the last time I got home at 1:30 AM or even stayed up at home until 1:30 AM.  Then question why I would be posting on my blog at 1:30 AM.  It’s because I am wrapped in the most beautiful sounds.  My DIL Debi is a graphic designer.  One of her clients is the Santa Fe Opera and she had two wretchedly expensive tickets for the Santa Fe Opera’s performance of La Traviata.  The Santa Fe Opera is a jewel in the desert.  It is tucked in rolling hills north of Santa Fe.  The Opera building is covered, but the sides are open to the most beautiful sunsets you can imagine.  The opera begins right after the sunset show is completed — tonight that was 9:00.

This was one of the most stunning performances I’ve seen/heard in my life.  Natalie Dessay sang the part of Violetta.  She has a wonderful voice (though it’s a mystery to me how someone dying of consumption can sing at all — must be poetic license).  I also cannot imagine flinging that beautiful sound to the audience while lying curled up on the floor.  I didn’t know the human lungs and diaphragm worked like that.  It was a wonderful evening and the dogs and I are going to bed now.  They’re just glad to be out of lock-up while I’m encouraging my brain to replay every note I heard tonight.

Opera Ticket 7-11-09


  1. Sandy says:

    OMG — and that’s for ONE ticket…..yikes. Waaaaaaay outta my ballpark. Don’t you wish you could record your memory?

  2. Holly says:

    What a glorious time you had!

  3. Claire says:

    Lucky, lucky you! Natatie Dessay is one of the best singing actresses out there right now.

  4. Kathleen says:

    La Traviata is possibly my favorite opera. I was hoping my son would be in the pit this summer. His wife, however, has been hired by the St. Louis Symphony so they are moving. He will get lots of subbing in the symphony so it’s really good for them. I will miss ABQ.