We’ve been adventuring, but are home again and battling the forces of nature threatening to take over the garden. We may have fought to a standoff – so it’s time to get back to Foreign Writes and Venice – Sept-Oct, 2015.
There are so many music options in Venice it’s hard to choose among them. Mostly, you can’t go wrong and the ticket prices are a fraction of those in the U.S.
La Traviata is a real disappointment – a contemporary setting. I guess they think that will appeal to a wider audience, but in the process they’ve made Violetta a prostitute, not a courtesan, and dropped in a dance number – male and female – nearly nude except for cowboy hats??? In the process they’ve lost many layers of sympathy for our dying heroine – at least from me.
The orchestral performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano is thrilling, especially as our box seats put us so close to the orchestra. How do they do it? Such talent still seems magical to me.
Five minutes walk in another direction takes us to the Church of San Vital, deconsecrated, and now home to the Interpreti Veneziani – an absolutely top notch chamber group. Vivaldi is their specialty, though they include other composers. Their cellist, Davide Amedeo is unbelievable. Watch them on youtube. You’re in for a treat!
Of course,we can never resist stopping at one of our favorite gellaterias on our stroll home through quiet squares and lanes emptied of tourists. The best part of the day!