Opera in the Park
Opera in the Park, April 10, 2016

If it's April, it's time for Opera in the Park

Real guarding our spot
Réal guarding the best spot

| We know just the perfect spot from which to watch, and at 7am Réal was there to stake claim and guard it from any poachers. He was the very first person at the park!

A bit later, Bob and I showed up with breakfast in hand, having spent the morning slaving over a hot stove. 

Real and Bob
Thank goodness Bob is here — he was in charge of making coffee!
Miguel sets his table
Miguel prepared his usual tablescape

By and by a few more early birds showed their feathers, but the crowd seemed quite light this year, probably because of the dark, rainy-looking clouds in the sky.

In addition to getting a primo location for the concert, we go so early because we get to hear the concert twice, since they run through the entire program in rehearsal.

Every year there is some new wrinkle. This year we were heartily amused by the exit signs in the tent.

empty tent
At first the tent was completely empty
exit sign
Who's the genius who got paid to think this up?

The tent is simply a canopy. There are no walls. Yet someone felt it necessary to mark the sides of the tent as exits! I think it's safe to say that if someone can't figure out how to get out from under the canopy, the sign will be of little use. I suppose there's some damned stupid city ordinance requiring the signs, but really! Is no one in possession of a whit of common sense?

Since we were on our own this year, not part of the usual group organized by Phil, we decided that for lunch we would simply patronize the vendors. Smart.

By lunch time, the crowd began to grow
By lunch time, the crowd began to grow, although not as large as previous years.
Orchestra plays the overture
Show time! Overture: La Gazza Ladra (Rossini)

As usual, the singing was fantastic! It's simply wonderful to see young people with so much talent.

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Finale, Part 1
The finale of part one: Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) L-R: Mario Rojas, Arnold Livingston Geis, Anna-Lisa Hackett, Jungwon Choi, Michelle Drever, Ben Lowe, Nicholas Brownlee, Joshua Guerrero

On the way out we were lucky to have a word with several of the performers. I asked Mario if he could remember a time when he suddenly realized he could sing like that. "I do," he replied, "I was in sixth grade." Oh my!

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