Forty of us enjoyed a lovely evening on 05 October. We started with a glass of champagne in the hall, with the men looking smart in their best suits and dinner jackets, and the ladies in a splendid array of ‘posh frocks’.
After a couple of hiccups (we didn’t wait for the canapés and the DVD defaulted to no subtitles) we watched the first act of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Neville White has lent us his copy of the Met’s 1977 production with Placido Domingo.
One hour later we adjourned to the dining room for a sumptuous meal. Smoked salmon and melon was followed by pork breast with a mushroom sauce and vegetables. The sweet was a delicious glass of jelly, cottage cheese and sponge. We ranted to remain awake for the rest of the opera so most of us were restrained with our wine.
The second and thirds acts followed with some of Verdi’s best music. Tissues were needed for the end but despite that we all had a great time.
The next opera planned is La Boheme (more tissues required), on Saturday 21 January 2017. We are considering a ballet in April, another opera in June and perhaps the production ‘Cats’ in October.