Speaking of Art, one of my favorite forms of it is Opera. Now, the list of the Operas I passionately love and listen to and went to see is rather long and I am very proud happy about it. But I’m not going to list them. Not in this post at least. Here I’d like to talk about two in particular.
I am a very sensitive person naturally, very emotional and empathetic. I tend to feel too deeply. And when it comes to Art, it can be pretty damn painful. Sometimes there this one sentence in a book or one line in a song that just sheds my heart to pieces. . .
Imagine what an entire scene in an Opera does to me.
As I’ve said, there are two Operas that are especially painful. Rigoletto by Verdi and La Bohème by Puccini.
In Rigoletto arias “Povero Rigoletto” and “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata” repeat almost word in word what my mom was saying to my sister’s friends when she ran away and they were hiding her. Mom cried, and begged and then was furious and was screaming and then cried again... it was unbearable seeing her like that. Since then this scene cuts me without a knife. Like I’m relieving those awful days again and again.
La Bohème... the finale, the death of darling Mimi. But not the death itself is so impossible to me but how Rodolfo finds out. His friends are already aware while he still has hope and so they tell him. But none of them says to his face “she’s dead”, no. Instead Marcello quietly answers Rodolfo’s scared and confused question with simple “Coraggio” (have courage). This moment once again follows almost word in word those moments when my father had to tell my grandma that my grandfather passed away. I was present. Dad couldn’t do it. He just hugged her. And she understood , started crying, screaming, weeping...That was the most heartbreaking thing I’ve ever had to witness in my entire life.
So with those Operas I die a little every time I go to see them or just listen to those particular arias.
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