Crumbs, but today was busy. Two lectures, two seminars, barely time to sit down and remind myself what I was actually supposed to be teaching in the next session before it hit me, and
I spent the last seminar being systematically and relentlessly coughed all over by a student no more than a metre away from me. After the fun
last week, I do not
want another cold, thank you!
Anyway, thankfully now it is all over, and I only have a Latin class to teach tomorrow. So I can get on with blogging my extremely exciting and splendiferous weekend...
The pivotal hinge of the whole 48-hour period was Opera North's production of Reinhard Keiser
's The Fortunes of Kings Croesus
, which I'd been busy organising an outing to since May
. It was lucky I'd successfully bought a three-bedroomed house in the intervening period, as I had four house-guests for the weekend (a fifth, redkitty23
, sadly couldn't make it in the end due to illness) - my Mum, rosamicula
, the artist formerly known as kharin
. And it was just so fabulous to see
everyone anyway! To think that the added bonus was not only baroque opera, but a composer I'd never heard performed before and
a chance to hear Michael Maniaci
sing live at last was more than enough to have me in a state of fizzing excitement by early Saturday evening.( You can see as much from the grin on my face )
And so off we set in our finery through a crisp, autumnal-smelling evening, to rendezvous with big_daz
and take our seats in the auditorium. I have a recording of the opera
directed by René Jacobs in 2000, but had only listened to it in a fairly haphazard and perfunctory manner, so I knew some of the tunes beforehand, but had absolutely no clue as to ( the plot )( Keiser )( The production )( Maniaci )( And friends )( Fangirling )
We did do the Wrens, too, and then home again under a bloated half-moon. And the next day was all communal breakfasts, and chatting, and guests slipping away one by one, until I was left alone once again. Except that I didn't have time to get sad or mopey about it, because it was off for my own humble brand of singing at choir practice, followed by chat and dinner with glitzfrau
to round off the weekend.
There are two more performances of Croesus
in Leeds, on the 7th and 10th of November, and you know what? I think I might go again. Because I can, and because I still bitterly
regret not going to see David Cordier
sing Bertarido in Rodelinda
for a second time in Oxford when I felt much the same about his performance and I could have done. It doesn't even have to be that expensive, either - judging from the Grand Opera House
website, there are some quite cheap last-minute tickets available, and neither performance is likely to sell out completely. June, after all, is an awfully long time to wait for that CD...