I am a music lover. I love going to concerts and listening to music as much as I can.
One of my favorite types of music is Opera. Yes, Opera.
I was always a fan of classical, especially Mozart. (I even took a class on him in college!) Looking for something new, I started listening to Mozart operas. Then I discovered Luciano Pavarotti, a name I always knew but had never listened to myself.
Once I heard Pavarotti, I was in love. He was the greatest singer I had ever heard singing to the most beautiful music. I was officially an opera lover for life.
I have been fortunate enough to see several operas in person and a couple in theaters as well. I have been extremely fortunate to have been to the greatest opera stage in the US—The Met Opera—twice.
The first time I went to The Met Opera, I saw La Boheme. It is one of the greatest operas ever. A great one to start with if you’re unfamiliar with opera. I was in awe at the production, the singing, and the grandness of it all. It is one of my most treasured memories.
I took my partner this past March to The Met Opera to see another opera, Falstaff. It was wonderful, too. We sat in a balcony along the side to be able to see well but not spend too much money. It was so special that I was able to share my love of opera with him.
All in all, I have seen La Nozze di Figaro (on Mozart’s birthday!), La Traviata (twice, once live in a theater broadcast from The Met Opera), The Magic Flute (in a theater from The Met Opera in English), La Boheme, and Falstaff.
If you have yet to try Opera or go to one, I highly recommend it. It is truly special.
If you grew up watching Looney Toons, you’ll recognize many of the songs from a variety of operas.
You know those fun random questions people ask like who would you meet or go to dinner with from the past if you could? My answer is Luciano Pavarotti. Give him a listen. He is truly one of the most gifted singers ever.