Saturday, February 17, 2018

La Boheme

I am such an Aussie bloke at times. I say this with no pride. R tells me he mentioned this to me three times and I did not pick up on it. Eventually after he said he refused to tell me again I did some research, and came up with the wrong thing, except he did not know that. He wanted to see La Boheme as an open air performance on the shores of Farm Cove in Sydney. This is surely the location where his English sister was married with the backdrop of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge when we were the wedding planners, ever so many years ago.

Wouldn't it have been so nice that on R's birthday in March, I could have presented him with the ticket for an April performance when I am on holidays and say, guess what? We are going to La Boheme in Sydney. Instead he did the booking of the performance, the flights and the single night of accommodation and I said, I will pay for your ticket for you birthday. I am just so also ran and pathetic. That is me.

I think I have been to an opera, perhaps Madame Butterfly, and it made me cry. It was many years ago and I can't really remember. Anyway, our friend in Sydney Victor is joining us to see La Boheme, so what fun! I've no idea what the opera is about and like I now never look at movie trailers, I am not looking up the opera La Boheme. It will be a surprise.

So yes, R booked our air fares and one night of accommodation, along with the tickets for the performance.

I do my share. I have booked us and our Hair Dresser Friend flights to Launceston to see our Dyke Friend, and dog Jack later in April. The day after we return it is HDF's birthday, so we will celebrate her birthday at Mudhole, or is that Mudcrab in Launceston. Mud something. We will stay with our friend for two nights. Originally it was going to be two weeks of touring Tasmania, but medical appointments and family birthdays mean we really have to be home and only go for the weekend.

Oh well, a little taste of Tassie is good, and surely will tempt us back for a longer visit. We loved our visit over a decade ago.

Wardrobe clean up #27, I came across this plastic bag from the last time we were Launceston. Prices were chicken feed. We were very amused at the time.


28 comments:

  1. Looking forward to it Andrew.

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  2. Have a great weekend

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  3. Have a marvellous time :)

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    1. Jayne, not until April, but we will.

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  4. The end of the second act has to be seen to be believed.. we saw it at the New York met and fell in love with it

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    1. John, fingers crossed with the weather. I look queer in a waterproof poncho.

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  5. La Boheme is all about my favourite people (young bohemians) in my favourite city (the Latin Quarter of Paris) in one of my favourite eras (Victorian). But if you cry easily, brace yourself. In opera, a young woman always dies tragically, usually from devastating TB.

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    1. Hels, thanks for the warning. Tissues and sunglasses required.

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  6. Have a fabulous weekend :)

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  7. Enjoy the opera and your visit to Sydney.
    Have a greet weekend Andrew.

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    1. Sami, a while away, but we will.

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  8. I remember reading that when Puccini died, La Boheme was being performed in Belgium, and when the news came through (mid-performance) everyone stopped and the orchestra suddenly played Chopin's Funeral March instead. The audience was understandably confused!

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    1. Cro, as a non opera person, I doubt I would have noticed anything amiss.

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  9. A busy month ahead for you two then. You'll have to set aside April for a long rest and recovery period.

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    1. River, that is when we are doing these things. I guess I didn't make that clear.

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  10. Isn't that annoying when you get a good idea for a present and someone bets you to it. It happened to me at Christmas. I bought the same gift for Sonya as her husband did.

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    1. Diane, him being younger, I hope you made hime return the gift for something else. I am curious as to what it was now.

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  11. April looks like a fun month Andrew.. We'll be in Sydney in April also, shame you're only there for one night!

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    1. Grace, we will compare dates and times later. Surely we aren't going to keep meeting like this.

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    2. Like ships in the night 😀

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    1. Margaret, not until April. What did I say that made everyone think it was this weekend?

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  13. Why would not have no pride in being an "Aussie bloke"? I'm proud to be an Aussie sheila!

    Coincidentally, yesterday I was playing music from "La Boheme"...with the magnificent Luciano Pavarotti...wonderful, wonderful! :)

    And every time I hear "One Fine Day" from "Madam Butterfly" I'm brought to tears.

    There is so much music that has that effect on me...it is what it is! :)

    It looks like you've a fun time ahead. Enjoy and make the most of every minute.

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    1. Lee, one unfortunate characteristic of Aussie men that we are told about is that they are not romantic. They are not good at verbalising romance, nor acting in a romantic manner. It is bit older timer stuff really, but stereotypes live on.

      I think that was the song from M. Butterfly that undid me.

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