Opera – Figaro!

Lyric Opera ChicagoTerri got a pair of opera tickets from a co-worker. It was the famous The Barber of Seville. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was up for it. We sat in the front row, plenty of leg room and you could see the orchestra pit. It was pretty neat, I remember the music from watching Tom and Jerry growing up. Sitting in the front is cool and I’m glad it was an interesting opera otherwise it would look bad to fall asleep where everyone could see you.

The Opera was a comedy so it was light hearted. Sure it was in another language but they had the words up on a screen when they sang them. There wasn’t as many words as you would think, they seem to repeat a lot of what they are saying and they don’t reprint the lyrics on the screen so you could just read the sentence and then get back to watching them sing and jump around.

One thing that I got a kick out of that probably only a few people were able to see was in the orchestra pit. There were two percussionist and they didn’t seem to have much to do (mostly strings in the songs, )one of them kept disappearing for long periods of time. Despite a couple of crossword puzzles from the musicians, the two trumpet players seem the have a little party session going on. They left a couple times and one seemed to rush back in fear of missing their cue. Those wacky musicians.

On to the food review. We went to Avec, it was a late night, the show was 3 hours 15 minutes and by the time we got out it was 10:45. Avec is open till midnight so it was perfect and the food is wonderful there. We got one of our favorites, bacon wrapped stuffed dates, yum! This is the second time we went to Avec and both times we say that we should go there more often. If anyone is in the West Loop around dinner time let us know.


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