Abstract Thursday: Opera House
After a good start to the day, and a busy morning where a number of things got done (tidying up, ironing etc. whilst G spent hours in the kitchen making lasagna, banana cake, lemon drizzle cake and a cheesecake), we dressed ourselves up and went out to the Dubai Opera House!
I've been wanting to get a decent picture of this very large and prominent
light feature chandelier since I first saw it in 2016. This is the best I've been able to get, and I think it qualifies as an abstract.
We watched The Magic Flute by Mozart. It was G's choice as she had taken part in a kids performance back in her youth. I didn't get round to reading about it before I left home, so it was all new to me.
We had pretty decent seats thanks to our local telco giving us a 2 for 1 offer and the helpful lady in the box office. The libretto was in German, but it was all translated for us in English and Arabic on a very high-level screen. The sets were simple, yet clever and the singing perfect. I recognised some of the melodies. Can't say I could really get into the story though, and even G asked me at halftime if I wanted to leave. We stayed to the end, which I am glad about because the tunes I recognised were in that section.
An 8pm start leads to quite a long and late evening. Too early for dinner before and too late after. I was starving when I got home, so a shawarma from the local Lebanese was fine. G couldn't face anything more than a cup of tea and biscuits. Doesn't seem right somehow after a grand night out, but there you go.
I think they could have started earlier seeing as it was a public holiday (Islamic New Year) and the other two performances are on the weekend. There were parents carrying their sleeping children back to their cars!