Ernani at the Met
The Metropolitan Opera’s Live HD broadcast of Ernani was entertaining, though the story was a little incredible, as happens in Opera. Constance enjoyed the singing very much, but was a little disappointed that Elvira spends four acts singing in a love quadrangle and then dies. Although she understands that Liberties are taken in Art and History, she thinks the statue representing Charlemange’s tomb was actually carved 200 years after the Opera is supposed to take place.
Her favourite part of the Opera was watching the scene-changes during the intermissions, and the Renaissance inspired costumes. She particularly admired the delightful red shoes of King Carlos V.
Constance’s interest in Medieval History comes from having actually been to Roncesvalles, where a famous skirmish took place during the time of Charlemange.
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