The end of Aida

We’re home.

Got lucky–turns out that Momo restaurant, right across from the park, has valet parking.  $11 if you’re having dinner, $20 if you’re going to the park.  I took the deal in a heart beat, and when the opera was over we just crossed the street and got our car.  Regular parking is about $20 anyway, so it wasn’t even extravagant, and we were on the road in a flash.

Oh yeah, you want to know how to opera turned out.

Radames, refusing to renounce his love for Aida, was convicted of treason and sentenced to die.  Amneris was very unhappy, but couldn’t do anything about it.  Radames was shut up in his tomb still alive, only to find Aida waiting there for him, to share his/their last hours together in loving bliss.  Everybody dies.  The end.

Okay, so it isn’t the greatest plot.  The sets and costumes were beautiful.  The music was by turns stirring and heart-rending.  I even came to like Amneris, who makes the shift from shrew to broken-hearted lover smoothly in Act III.

I got to walk on the field on the way out.  I resisted the temptation to slide into 3rd base.  A good time was had by all.

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