Some time ago Paul recieved free tickets to the Portland Opera’s Dress Rehearsal of The Magic Flute by Mozart. Our crazy weekend this last weekend began actually on Thursday as we prepared to go to the opera. Paul actually ended up recieving two extra free tickets so we were thrilled to take our two oldest girls with us. I never would have tried it if it wasn’t a dress rehearsal, but it was a great oportunity to expose them to opera, etc.
The girls were excited as we briskly walked the 7 blocks to the Civic Auditorium (Keller now I think) from where we parked. We made it in the nick of time, as I don’t walk too fast or well in high heels. The girls were full of eager anticipation as the lights dimmed and the music began.
Worried, Dorothy leaned over and whispered in my ear, “Mom, I can’t see anything.”
I chuckled softly, “This is the overture, we get to listen to the pretty music for a while.”
We watched the conductor and listened, then Dorothy giggled, “He’s funny!” As the conductor in a wild section of the overture waved his arms around.
Trying not to laugh myself I gently shushed her and we settled down to enjoy the music once more. Suddenly the overture came to an end and the grand red curtain rose exposing a breath taking forest scene. Dorothy popped up in her chair as straight as can be, “Coooool!” she awed in a soft voice. I noticed that Elizabeth was looking on with awe as well on the otherside of Paul.
The speaking parts of the opera are in English while the singing is in German. Paul pointed to the reader board with the English translation and whispered to Elizabeth that she could read the words up there.
“I don’t care if it isn’t in our language,” she quietly gushed, “I just want to listen.”
The night was truly magic for our kids. And while to me the vocals weren’t the best I had heard the staging was marvelous and it was thoroughly enjoable. And most importantly the kids loved every minute of it. They stayed awake until the very end, which wasn’t until 10:00 at night, and even happily walked the 7 blocks back to the car. We had mini binoculars that they loved pearing through and watching the performers up close, and they especially enjoyed the trip up to see the pit orchestra during the intermission.
I was so pleased with them and how well they did. I needn’t have worried, they were so well behaved, even when they got tired. I hope we can have this oportunity again some time.