Somehow Randiana managed to get tickets for the opening night of Opera season at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The gotha of Chicago came out to see Andrea Gruber (as Turandot) and Jonah Botha (as Calaf) perform Puccini's masterpiece. I told my dad on the phone before the show that I am still more likely to attend a Bulls-Pacers game or a OM-PSG match ;). Still, at the end of the show, I felt like Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman": so mesmerized that I almost "peed in my pants" (which was conveniently translated as: "I like it more than Pirates of Penzance" by R. Gere). Here is my funny story on that evening before Randiana goes in more details aboutt he whole show:
As the red carpet comes up: The conductor (Belletoni) and the musicians stood up and then played the "star spangled banner" ! Without missing a beat, EVERYONE (except us) sang along proudly and the whole opera resonnated to the sound of the "Home of the Braves". I have not been to the Opera in Paris but I strongly doubt that they play "La Marseillaise" at the Opera Garnier. I obviously expect it in a football game but I thought that an Opera crowd would not feel the urge to for a patriotic show of heart. A lady in her 60's was standing next to us and was singing a falsetto version of the anthem that was so good (Whitney Houston's version was not even close) that we almost forgot the awkawrdness of the situation. So there we stood, both shocked (by the whole national anthem thing) and with goosebumps because the lady's chant was so poignant and chill inducing. The evening was surely off to a great start. ;)
Here is a video clip of that night that was very much "Nessum Dorma" (no one shall sleep).