As fore mentioned, my family is a little crazy about the opera.
After seeing productions of Tosca and Madame Butterfly, I have a particular fondness for Puccini. About 10 years ago I was a die-hard Rent fan, and I can still belt out almost every song on the soundtrack (Would you light my candle?), and get excited every time I see Idina Menzel on TV. But, despite all this, I had managed to go almost 27 years never seeing what is one of the most famous of all operas, La Boheme. I knew the basic storyline because of Rent, I know most of the music (Musetta’s Waltz = happiness), and thanks to Moonstruck, I hold the belief that this particular opera holds a special power over the people who see it.
On Friday, I was finally able to experience La Boheme for myself at the Santa Fe Opera. As much as I don’t LOVE Santa Fe like the rest of the world, I will say that the opera house is stunning with its outdoor theater concept and AMAZING view. The productions themselves tend to be pretty world-class although I sometimes take objection with their set design. All in all, it is a treat to be able to go to a show there every year. Santa Fe’s La Boheme didn’t disappoint. Even though I would have been ok if Mimi’s death scene was a little shorter, it was a perfect production.
Another unique aspect to the Santa Fe opera is the tradition of the pre-show tailgate. Much like Seasoned football fans, seasoned Santa Fe Opera-goers have tailgate parties in the parking lot before the show. Obviously, however, this isn’t your typical Bud Light and burgers tailgate.
With no dinner plans, Aaron and I decided to try out this tailgating tradition. Turns out Aaron is great at picnic planning. We had sangria, a deli meat selection , a cheese selection, hummas, pita chips, apples, and bruchetta to munch on while enjoying the beautiful northern New Mexico sunset. Thanks to our friends at Trader Joe’s the meal was perfectly pre-packaged and very inexpensive. But even at that, our tailgate didn’t compete with some of the tables we saw complete with table clothes and flower vases. Maybe next year!