you know that scene in pretty woman where richard gere takes julia roberts to the opera on the private plane in the fancy dress and jewels and they have box seats and her opera glasses are broken and she is so moved by the opera that it brings her to tears?
well last night was just like that for me, except i drove to the opera in my volvo, wore a black cotton dress, sat front and center so i didn't need opera glasses, had my friend court as my companion and laughed instead of cried because the opera i saw was a comedy.
yeah, like that.
last night i was lucky enough to be asked to attend a live blogging even for Opera Cleveland's production of Falstaff which is being performed June 19, 20 and 27 in the state theater at playhouse square.
with a stop at bricco before the event, court and i got some serious VIP treatment. we were granted backstage access at the state theater (with a badge to prove it), and were given the ability to wander around taking photos and videos.
while the opera itself is in italian one is able to read english subtitles that are projected above the stage allowing everyone to enjoy the plot line and performance.
it was a surreal experience for a theater nerd like me - getting to meet the conductor, director, actors and actresses and i highly recommend checking out one of the performances!
see below for a less than 30 second snippet of a part of the first act.
after the performance (we left a little early), court and i headed to crop bistro for multiple cocktails all of which lived up to the award i gave them in yesterday's post.
we got to visit with chef/owner steve schimoler who very kindly gave us some extra treats (the perfect deviled egg and the cherry bomb) from the kitchen on top of our spring onion, roasted red pepper, carmalized onion, goat cheese and ohio maple flatbread.
with a final stop at maproom to sip on some patron xo, you can say we had a damn good evening.