Posted by: jtccitaly | May 28, 2011

Look Ma, No Pants!

That’s right, you heard me. Today, we went pantless in Venice. Okay, okay, it was because we were wearing skirts! (Well, not Jonathan – he did wear pants – had you scared there for a minute, huh?) The theatre students got dressed up today for the opera so both Beth and I had to forgo our pants so that we could pretend to be fashionable. I think we pulled it off okay, until we got chilly and bought “Italia” sweatshirts. That kind of ruined the effect.

This was a very full day! We started out with the full group in Venice, visiting the Frari Basilica (Jessica presented) and then the San Rocco Basilica and San Rocco Scuola (like a museum for the church – Allien presented.) Then the theatre students went with me via the Traghetto (it went well – no one fell in) to see the Casa de Carlo Goldoni (an Italian playwright known for his commedia dell’arte). We only got moderately lost getting there thanks to our advance recon and the museum was pretty neat. The other students went with Beth to see the Academia (I hear that she hardly got lost at all and that while some of the areas were closed off, it was still a great place to see the works of lots of Italian artists). Then the art students visited the Peggy Guggenheim museum and the theatre students went to the opera. Before the opera we indulged in a very expensive lunch at one of the restaurants right next to the theatre. It was really good and a fun time.

The opera was amazing. Just being able to sit in the opera house La Fenice is worth the price of admission. It is a work of art. My pictures don’t come close to doing it justice. We saw the opera Lucia de Lammermoor which is by Italian composer Donizetti based on the book by Sir Walter Scott. It’s kind of a Scottish Romeo and Juliet (feuding families, forbidden lovers, miscommunications and suicide.) It was, I think, the only minimalist opera I have ever seen. No real set, no spectacle, just a very bare bones, sparse production. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was wonderful because you really focused on the singers that much more without all the bells and whistles. And the mad scene was spectacular. The singers were just mind blowing. The only real problem is that seeing opera makes me want to see more opera and it’s way too expensive! It was a fantastic performance. Several of the students had never seen opera before and they all enjoyed it.

After the opera we hung out in Venice, ate dinner by the grand canal and watched the sun set. Venice at night is totally different and absolutely stunning. I took pictures, but they don’t really capture it. But you can see the sky start to darken and the sun go down. It was a nearly perfect day – the only thing that would have made it perfect would have been if I could have shared it with my family (can you tell that I’m getting a little homesick?)

Given that we didn’t get back from Venice until almost midnight and given that it is already 1AM, I am going to just upload a whole chunk of pictures and put them in a slideshow. They will be in order so if you read the description, you should be able to follow along (hopefully). I’ll try to fill in some more details tomorrow night.

Tomorrow we will be mostly on the bus to Florence (although hopefully it won’t take us 9 hours again.) I’ll be blogging from Florence when next we meet!



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  1. Kerrigan:

    As a theatre teacher, I can imagine that going to the Opera in Venice with your students is your greatest accomplishment on this trip, I’m seeing the amazing pictures and it is gorgeous! Keep up the great postings and kudos to all of u!

  2. Lucia de Lammermoor! I have heard it on the MET broadcasts on Saturday…how amazing in person.

    The opera house looks very familiar….was it in the movie Amadeus? (I scoured the internet with no luck…looks like the one where Mozart and Costanza watch.)

  3. Those Venice at night photos made me want to start packing….And thanks for the food photos! Those veges arranged in a glass with ice…simple and beautiful. It’s all very atmospheric and we’re with you in thought!

  4. super funny! ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha aha that’s what you doing

    • I’m glad you liked it Monkey boy! That’s what I’m doing. See you soon!
      love mommy

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