February 20th, 2004

Opera in Chicago

So it's my spring opera weekend in Chicago. I had dinner at Leona's tonight (the usual baked garlic chicken), followed by Lucia di Lammermoor at Lyric Opera. Typical silly opera plot (the lovers die at the end, of course), plus the bizarreness of a bunch of Scottish nobles singing in Italian. And one of the three leads was somewhat weak (Ashley Holland as Enrico). But Marcelo Alvarez as Edgardo and Natalie Dessay as Lucia were spectacular, so it was a still a wonderful evening. Dessay's mad scene in Act III was absolutely stunning. And then it was snowing walking back to the hotel. Woohoo!

Tomorrow night, Madama Butterfly.