Opera Italian style

 

Last week we had the privilege to go to a performance of Carmen at the Roman Amphitheatre  in Verona, however there were differences.

 

 

This was the scene at around 8.30

Ten minutes after, the heavens opened for a full on thunder storm that lasted around two hours. We all sheltered from the rain as the performance was merely postponed, apparently they never cancel, and eventually started around 11pm. Carmen is over three hours long so with intervals it didn’t finish until 3am and by the time we got back to our hotel in Garda we eventually got to bed around 4.

The performance was amazing and on a grand scale with a large cast including 6 horses and numerous motor vehicles. The full orchestra included four harps, all the vocal performances were without microphones such is the quality of the acoustics in the venue.

All together an amazing experience.