Constance is feeling nostalgic today, after going to the final Metropolitan Opera Live in HD broadcast of the season – the very ebullient production of Giulio Cesare. Other than live performances, our favourite place to see Opera is the Star Cinema in Sidney BC. This is a charming and delightful little movie house where they send out for pizza to sustain us during the intermission. Giulio Cesare was an entertaining mixture of crazy Bollywood/Broadway-style dance routines set to the baroque music of Handel. Natalie Dessay was a connivingly sweet Cleopatra, Ptolomy wicked and silly, Ceasar strode about pompously, Pompey made an appearance only as a severed head, ….
The opera plot was the usual glorious mayhem but the good guys won and the bad guys died horribly so it probably qualifies as “not a tragedy”. In honour of the Metropolitan Opera, and as a grand finale to this Opera season, Constance indulged herself with a “Metropolitan Cake” from the local grocery store. She is looking forward to next season, and ten more Operas at the Star… meanwhile she has a very exciting Opera experience planned for this summer!