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All sketches done during the opera; color added later.
Thursday was another press pass night at the opera - dress rehearsal for La Traviata this time. The lighting and sets were really interesting, the live orchestra (music by Verdi) was exquisite, and the story line was suitably tragic.
As we are in Quebec, the Italian score is still in Italian, but subtitles posted above the stage are in French. Now, imagine making sense of it all in English! Happily, I was not on assignment, but rather in the company of the writer who was. As a result, I was able to indulge in the details in my own way, and there was no pressure to get a perfect photo in a darkened theater.
If you have the inclination, try to find a recording. I don't know if you can find just the orchestral portion, but if so, it will put you in a zen sweet spot.
Sketching this show, even without much light, is viable. The cast is not huge, and the plot is fairly straightforward. Violetta, a Parisien courtesan, learns that young nobleman, Alfredo, has fallen in love with her. The courtesan resists love, wanting to protect her heart and independance, but love trumps her fears. What follows is plenty of intrigue, a duel, a meddling father, tuberculosis, a few comic moments, and a bittersweet finale.
Bottom line: La Traviata offers breathtaking music and many fine opportunities to scribble in the dark.