September 30, 2011

Attending the Metropolitan Opera's Season Opening

Last Monday evening, I had the great pleasure of attending the Metropolitan Opera’s Season opening night performance of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, starring soprano Anna Netrebko.  I was accompanied by my nephew, Christopher Herbert, who is, himself, a performer of opera and musical theater.  It’s wonderful attending the opera with someone who is so familiar with the librettos.  Anna Bolena is loosely based on the brief and tragic marriage of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, the second of Henry’s six wives.  Anna Netrebko was amazing singing the title role, showing increasing signs of insanity after being falsely condemned for being disloyal to her husband.  Going to the opera on opening night is a very festive and gala affair with black tie, long gowns, gorgeous jewels, and a friendly atmosphere.