Saturday, February 5, 2011

A Night at the Opera

For a queen to stand, a queen must fall.

Two of history's most commanding women, Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, engage in a ruthless fight for the English throne - and the heart of one man. While Mary languishes in prison, Elizabeth forges a devastating plot to secure the crown. Judith Howarth (Mary) and Brenda Harris (Elizabeth), star as the dueling divas.

Sung in Italian with English translations.

I had the pleasure of going to my very first Opera on Thursday night. It was extraordinary!

We had Orchestra seats so it was considered "partial view" but I didn't care. I found the tickets for $20 and the experience is still there, vibrant and gorgeous! I just had to crane my neck a bit to read the prompter above the stage.

I knew a bit about the story of Mary Stuart and the Tudor family line. I've read a few historical novels about their trials and tribulations but with an royal history, I always need a little refresher. Thankfully my pal Rachel was there and filled me in.

The costumes were beautiful. The singing was absolutely amazing. And the drama was captivating. I can't wait to go again. I'm thinking of seeing La Traviata next!

Here are some good books found on Amazon all about Mary Stuart.

Mary Stuart

Has anyone read any books on her? or the Tudor family?

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Lisa said...

What great fun! I've never been to a real opera--but this sounds like one that would make a great first foray.

Mystica said...

I have been to just one opera only and loved it! Thanks for this post.

Misha said...

I've never been to an Opera! Must be so much fun! I love reading about The Tudors.
I would recommend:
The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gegory
The Boleyn Inheritence by Philippa Gegory
The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir

Gina said...

Oh it sounds like you had a brilliant time.... *claps madly* So happy for you! ^_^

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

I've been to the theatre, but not the opera. I've been wanting to go though. It sounds like you had a great time. I didn't know there was an opera about Mary Stuart.

Tales of Whimsy said...

I love that you loved it. I love the opera. I saw La Traviata ages ago with my dad. I remember loving it.

Teresa said...

I've never been to an opera either, but it sounds like it was a fantastic experience.

I am currently reading The Tudor Secret by CW Gortner. It is a great book, I think you'd probably like it.

Senator said...

hahaha that's so awesome you had fun! If you find good Tudor books you like post them on your blog! I'm dying to read a few goodies of that era!

Stacy at The Novel Life said...

the only book i've read from that time period was Lady Jane ....can't remember the author - if i still have it I'd be happy to send it to you. I remember loving it.
oh, michelle how i wish you lived closer! i need an opera buddy to go with me to the fox!