Today started out as a typical Sunday, except for the downpour of rain that woke me. I went to church, but instead of coming home for Sunday dinner at my parents I went with two other ladies to eat lunch and then we went to the opera to see Rossini’s Cinderella at the historic Tennessee Theater. It has been several years since I’ve been to the opera. The last time was to see Rossini’s The Barber of Seville which was performed at the historic Bijou Theater because the Tennessee was still being renovated.
Despite the rain and the wind, it was a lovely outing. We had lunch at the Tomato Head before walking the two blocks or so to the Theater. Our umbrellas took a beating against the gusts of wind, but we made it not too wet for the walk. What we didn’t expect to find was so many young girls dressed as Cinderella coming to the see the performance. And there was even a young man dressed as a knight who sat in our row. For the first time in the Knoxville Opera Company’s history they were allowing the audience (the little Cinderella’s and little prince’s) to come on stage after the performance to meet the cast. I know that had to be a treat for these children.
The opera was spectacular. I enjoyed it greatly. And in true Rossini fashion it was funny.
By the time we emerged from the theater the rain had stopped, the streets were almost dry. The air was still chilled, but we couldn’t complain. We even made it back to church before the evening service began.
All in all it was a very long day, but an enjoyable one for the last Sunday in April 2013. This year is moving along quickly.