Star-Crossed Lovers

My friend, Tina Tang, is a big fan of opera. She took me to the MET to see Lucia di Lammermoor. The plot was simple and familiar enough: Boy and girl meet. They fall in love. Girl’s brother forces her to marry another. Girl kills groom. Girl goes mad and dies. Boy kills himself. The end. Lucia and Edgardo are what Shakespeare would call “a paire of starre-crost louers.”

As high an art as opera is, the experience was surprisingly visceral for me. The singing was not unlike human wailing, albeit beautified and controlled. It reminded me of the kind of lament that occasions chest-beating and clothe-rending and guttural wailing. Mere words did not suffice; music stepped in to lift us into the realm of heaven where star crossed lovers can meet.

Me in front of the Metropolitan Opera House.

Before act one.

Before act three.

Celebrity sighting: the man in the pink shirt and dark jacket is Mario Cantone. He played Charlotte’s wedding coordinator in Sex in the City.

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Published in: on March 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Totally random sighting. Mario who??? Looks fun. You had good seats. Back in the ’80s the MET had cheap seats (like, $5) waaaay at the top. I saw Turandot, and throughout the production, we were so high up, we could not see the emporer’s head. Still had a blast. Love New York.

  2. Chickened out of talking to Mario during intermission. Thought for a second you wrote, “Were were so high.” So much to love about that place.


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